Project Green Foot- Week 25

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I pampered myself this week and got my hair done at a local salon that uses Organic Color Systems. I love the look of my hair and I am very pleased with the results. It may have been on the expensive side, but it is one of the only thing I indulge in and it is only every 2-3 months!

We needed to purchase a new pair of Tiny Toms for little E. We decide to walk to a restaurant for dinner on Tuesday evening and somehow her left Tiny Tom disappeared. I retraced our steps, but had no luck. Therefore, we had to go and buy a new pair. We located a store (of all places a cowboy store) just outside of Fort Worth that sold Toms shoes- not only Toms shoes, but some of their vegan collection. I was pleased. Little E is definitely styling in her red and white, animal-free, hemp shoes.

All in all, it was a great week. We didn’t really produce much trash, we didn’t buy anything other than food, and a pair of shoes, and we only went out to eat a few times and spent very little money. We are very determined to build our eco-friendly home and have decided that we need to begin eliminating certain food purchases such as the my tortillas chips and JP’s drink when we eat at Chipotle, and the fresh juice when eating at Spiral Diner – it does taste yummy, but I can make my own for half the price. I think if we really focus on buying what we really need, we can put more money aside in our eco-fund!

What do you purchase that you don’t really need that could save you money in the long run?

1-PURCHASES

CSA basket

  • 2 grapefruit
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 5 purple potatoes
  • 1 bunch of collard greens
  • 1 bunch of swiss card
  • 1 large bunch of white kale
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 small heads of broccoli
  • 4 baby bok choy
  • 2 large beets
  • 5 small beets
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 purple cabbage head
  • 6 lbs of carrots (extra)

Sub-Total: 50.00

Whole Foods

Bulk

  • Almonds in bulk (4.74 lbs)
  • Yellow/orange/re peppers fair-trade (2.39 lbs)
  • Apples (2.95 lbs)
  • Cashews (1.99 lbs)
  • 1 bunch of Cilantro
  • Raisins (2.29 lbs)
  • Grapefruit from Tx (1.13 lbs)
  • Lemons (1.31 lbs)
  • Prunes (0.63 lbs)
  • Oranges from Tx (2.89 lbs)
  • Banana’s fair-trade (6.48 lbs)

Non-bulk

  • 2 glass bottles of kombucha
  • 2 pints of blueberries
  • 1 pint of strawberries

Sub-Total: 129.30

Non-food items

Sub-Total: 217.00

Restaurants

  • Tuesday: We packed little E up and walked to Spiral Diner for our anniversary dinner
  • Wednesday: J.P had his weekly lunch at Chipotle 9.45 and we went for pizza with my mom and step-dad for dinner Free Thanks Mom and D!
  • Sunday: We went to Chipotle for lunch 15.45

Sub-Total: 24.90

Total: 421.20

2-COMPOSTING

Our composting trip to Whole Foods went pretty smooth. All I did was hand them my bag of compost in my biodegradable bag and that was it. Well almost- some of the employees are not the most welcoming when I bring my compost. I have a feeling they are not fond of having the compost behind them all day. Oh well.

My composting bags were full this week. I juiced a lot and saved some of the pulp, but there is only so much pulp I can reuse in one week.

The total weight of our compost was 12.2 lbs.

3-RECYCLING

We purchased 2 pints of blueberries this past week that of course came pre-packaged in plastic. I gave farmer Mark all our blueberry containers from the previous weeks to reuse for berries in the future.

The rest of our recycling consisted of junk paper and random pieces of paper.

4-TRASH

Our trash basket this week was pretty much empty. The last three weeks our trash bin has been almost empty. Our garbage bin comprised of receipts, 2 pieces of plastic from my Kombucha bottles, 1 piece of plastic wrap from tempeh and a few stickers from our fruit and veggies that I was not able to save for little E’s sticker album.

5-TRAVEL

This week, we travelled to whole foods, the DFW airport, Chipotle, around Fort Worth and my mom and step-dad travelled to San Antonio with my car.

The total distance traveled on the TDI was 1212.6  km (753 mi) and we filled up 34 L (9 gal) for 35.00. Therefore, the actual amount of kilometers we personally used is significantly less.