Not just Earth Day! I love the earth and I hate feeling guilty shopping at Trader Joe’s. It’s a conundrum. Here’s a few ideas. Just a teeny bit makes a difference.
I helped launch the recycling program in Baltimore (decades ago). It was a huge undertaking but folks wanted to do the right thing and they’d drive up on their precious Saturday morning and fill the cargo containers. I am sure folks still want to help the earth BUT I believe the manufacturers really should step up. That means packaging changes.
So ways you might consider and a bit of inspiration…
COMPOSTNOW https://compostnow.org/compostables/ My garbage goes out once a month now. AND it doesn’t stink. My garden loves the compost – but you can donate it to a farmer too!
I love straight side ball jars. You can freeze in them!
And take a real fork/spoon/knife and skip the plastic ones – why not? Straws – yeah that is a real convenience when you are driving.
BUT… maybe paper (compostable) ones or better yet reusable ones.
Whole Foods has a terra cycling collection for potato chip bags etc etc. https://www.dwellsmart.com/pages/terracycle
Take the time to drop a note to your favorite organic company that packages their product in plastic or has a label that will last a million years.
Support the local farmers. Wrap your produce in a clean dish towel. https://farmtoforknc.com. https://triangleonthecheap.com/farmers-markets/
Shrink your meat consumption.
And buy bulk. Take your own container.
Letter to Trader Joes today…I love them BUT…
Be inspired right here in Raleigh!
P.S. Raleigh …Master Gardeners help relaunch the NCSU composting “farm” Raleigh is a center for folks worldwide to study composting and “worm” composting. https://composting.ces.ncsu.edu/nc-state-compost-learning-lab/
Raleigh …Joann Burkholder https://cals.ncsu.edu/plant-and-microbial-biology/people/jburk/ Animal Waste and Environmental impacts EXPERT Wikipedia “She was responsible for identifying the cause, a dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida and its toxins, of mass deaths of fish that posed a public health hazard. Her studies also helped in improving legislation to control pollution and eutrophication.”
AND… Just heard a bit about how NSCU has developed a way to use cola ash for concrete, eliminating its toxic impact.