Honey!

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I never thought I would find a way to eat honey without throwing away excessive amounts of packaging, but there exists a way. Ed’s Bees in Glasgow re-uses the jars! You can bring them back from where you bought them (I buy mine from Locavore).

It’s amazing to think that the parks I walk through ans the gardens I walk by are the pollenating grounds for Ed’s bees, and that the honey is produced so locally.

 

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Setback

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I am ill. My head feels like a balloon and I sound like an 80 year old chain smoker. After a meeting this morning, I decided to buy a juice-tox, because I haven’t been taking care of myself as well I should. I was in panic “I need to get home” mode and thought it wasn’t worth the guilt. I guzzled my juice and was left with this.

Once more, this post is exposing my constant battle with preparedness.

Catch up

Well, this was to be anticipated. I knew once my workload would increase that this blog would be hard to upkeep – but fear not, it is not forgotten.

When my friends ask me if this transition is difficult, my answer hasn’t really changed since month 3: easy transitions at the beginning (soap; bulk; fruit; veg; liquids) and hard ones later on (WHAT DO YOU SNACK ON WHEN YOU HAVE 1 MINUTE IN BETWEEN MEETINGS AND YOU KNOW YOU WILL HAVE A SUGAR SLUMP UNLESS YOU EAT SOMETHING SWEET AND THERE IS NOTHING ON HAND, NO SHOP WITH BULK BINS, AND YOU HAD NOT ANTICIPATED THIS MISERABLE MOMENT???)

Recently I have been feeling quite proud because most ingredients I am using are now from a package-free source and (nearly) entire home-made meals are made from ingredients purchased without packaging.

Example 1:

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Oh well, hello gnocchi. You look nice today. Why, aren’t you made of potatoes (tick), eggs (tick) and flour? Sadly no tick for the flour as there is no reasonable non packaged flour source – I’m ignoring the flour bins at Locavore because they are just too pricey for me.

Example 2:

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Did someone say home-made chocolate chip cookies? YAS.

Made of: butter, sugar, eggs (tick), oats, (tick), backing soda (tick), baking powder, flour, chocolate, salt….. Okay, perhaps not the best example here. Once again, baking powder and chocolate I can find in Edinburgh, I simply haven’t been back to stock up in a while.

I probably won’t be posting for a while, as I will be too busy eating cookies and watching Gilmore Girls.

Ciao for now x

Gifts

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I’ve been given a few food items recently and I’m not at Bea Johnson’s stage of refusing medals from mayors  and refusing even the smallest of gifts is difficult. So I accept and guiltily eat away.

To anyone who has been living zero-waste for a long time, I’m sure it’s easy peasy to refuse things like the above. But for me, it is so counter-intuitive and against everything I have ever learnt – to refuse a gift (and especially a gift to me as a host) (and especially food).

I tell myself that I’m still a newbie and still transitioning relatively quietly i.e. not shouting about it on the rooftops, therefore it’s up to me to make the decision of when to alert people to my lifestyle.

Past self’s decisions #2

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While “past self’s decisions” was about stocking up on food and trying to recognise that habit, this post is also about the danger of “2 for 1” deals.

I have worn Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Lotus perfume for about 8 years now. The last time I re-stocked – a couple of years ago – I found myself buying two bottles for the price of one. I didn’t know at the time that

a) I would eventually want to change perfumes (but it’s okay – I still like it)

b) I would be transitioning into a zero-waste lifestyle.

Again, I have to deal with the consequences of my past self’s actions. I have to find out whether the packaging is recyclable, and if so, where.

I also have to start thinking about future plans, once this bottle runs out: should I simply not wear perfume? Fabricate my own? Buy from local perfume makers who could re-fill my bottle (do these shops even exist??)?

And lo and behold, there go another seven hours of internet trawling.