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Project Green Foot: Week 11

I need a phone. Well, not right at this moment, but when we return to Canada in 4-5 months. The phone I have now doesn’t have a SIM card, so I can’t use it back home. We were offered to have a new phone paid for as well as our monthly plan, if we decided to get a phone now. We were torn with the thought of getting something new. Part of Project Green Foot is not buying anything for us or anyone else.

We looked at the pros and cons. Either way we will be getting a new phone if not now, later. We will save money for the next 5 months without a monthly plan to pay for as well as not having to actually purchase the phone. We decided to get the phone. All the packaging was in recyclable materials. My Verizon phone is in very good condition, and, if you return your phone, they donate it to women who are victims of conjugal violence.

1-PURCHASES

Groceries

CSA basket for 2 weeks

  • 3 yellow onions
  • 10 regular potatoes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 autumn squash
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • fresh ginger
  • 10 apples
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard
  • 4 small green peppers
  • 2 avocados
  • 5 oranges
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 4 turnips
  • 1 head of broccoli

Sub-Total: 70.00

Central Market

  • 2 cartons of organic juice
  • 2 bunches of spinach
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 6 lemons
  • 1 loaf of sprouted bread
  • 4 bunches of bananas
  • 1 bag of oats on bulk
  • 1 bag of dates in bulk
  • 6 apples
  • 1 container of peanut butter in bulk
  • 1 bag of raisins in bulk
  • 2 bottles of Kombucha

Sub-Total: 77.47

Restaurants

Wednesday: J.P went to Chipotle for lunch 6.25

Friday: We went to MellowMushroom for some beer and pizza 45.00

Saturday: We went to Spiral dinner for some organic vegan yumminess 30.00

Sub-Total: 81.25

Total: 228.72

About 30.00 worth of the food from Central market was purchased yesterday, so we will be eating it this week.

2-COMPOSTING

I was finally able to bring our composting to our friend Ruby’s this week. I really couldn’t hold off any longer. The freezer and fridge were packed with food scraps. They are actually putting everything in their garden, so in the spring they will have some awesome soil.

While I stopped to pick up our CSA basket, our farmer offered to take our compost. I am going to rotate between Ruby and our farmer.

This weeks weigh in for composting was 10lbs. I juiced lots this week, and am expecting to juice  a lot this week as well. I think I will be making a trip to see our farmer or our lovely friend Ruby.

3-RECYCLING

We put our recycling out last night and unfortunately we have to use clear blue bags. I would have preferred using a bin, but the recycling company does not offer bins. We had one full bag for the past month.

4-TRASH

The trash this week was comprised of: 1 cucumber sticker, plastic banana wrap, receipts, and plastic from Kombucha. Not too shabby. I think this is our best week so far.

5-TRAVEL

I personally did quite a bit of traveling this past week. Little E had her gym glass; I had to go and pick up our CSA basket; I went to our friend’s to drop off the compost.

The total distance traveled was 300.5 km (186.7 mi). I finally filled up our gas tank with 50.9 L (13.45 gal) for a total cost of 51.00.

Any takers on trying to reduce your waste for one week? Come on, I know you want to try Project Green Foot!

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