It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago local daytime temperatures were in the 50s and the blessed rain just kept coming. How fortunate we have been to have had an epic spring of wet abundance that has left our landscapes with more flowers and saturated soil than our usual 19 inches of precipitation. And now we are deep in the heat of the season. For many, the busy-ness of our lives have amped up a few degrees while we attempt to pack in as much summer as possible.
This seems a perfect time to share some tips and strategies to prepare for “on the go” quenching of our appetites without filling more “trash” doomed for the landfill.
Whether you are headed to celebration potlucks, Britt, Foruth of July, quick bites, it is possible to say “NO THANKS” to single-use disposable plates, utensils, straws, cups and napkins (or “eatware” for short).
It is possible to stay hydrated and fueled while “on the go” and avoid generating waste by supplying your own washable eatware. The Girl and Boy Scout motto values the theme of BEING PREPARED. This skillset is invaluable including waste prevention. Living in our mainstream mindset of “convenience,” the value of “use it up, wear it out, pass it on, or do without” has been set aside for disposable consumption on steroids.
It is understandable that we want to be ready (and I would add, prepared) for living — for opportunities, fun, and spontaneity while not losing sight of the importance to stay hydrated and safe. Convenience has its place and it is at a financial and environmental cost. When we provide our own container(s), we get to decide. By planning ahead and anticipating thirst later on by bringing a refillable water bottle, cup for coffee or tea, eatware, bags for acquisitions, we AVOID more stuff. We get to have our cake and eat it too!
If you plan ahead it is possible to eliminate much of the potential trash making. For gatherings, an ounce of prevention could be worth a pound and a half of cure.
When I go to a potluck, included in my bag with a dish is a plate, utensils and a cup. Delightfully these days, I don’t need to take my eatware out because folks are providing durables!
If you leave home with your “ready kit” in hand, pack, purse, car or bike bag, you will be ready when thirst or hunger rises.
Your checklist could include a water bottle, drinking cup for to-go drinks, bags inside of bags for shopping. What else do you need a supply of to avoid making garbage?
A basket can hold durable serving eatware and if they are made from plastic they will be lighter weight. This a great opportunity to re-use yogurt containers with tight fitting lids, mason jars, plastic to-go containers you brought home from a previous outing. Small plastic containers that held sauce or salad dressing can also be used many times. Plastic utensils you have accumulated can be poised for these quick eats.
If it’s a lunch bite to go, a way to avoid “to-go” containers is to order in and when your order arrives, pull out your container, empty the food and off you go. If its a drink, most establishments will accept your clean cup and some will offer a discount for bringing your own. Those that won’t, you can pour your drink into your own cup and avoid leaving a trail of trash behind you. No guilt, no waste and you’re leaving no trace. We can’t always do this, but we can do it more often by planning ahead.
Be prepared. Leave home with: a water bottle, cup, to-go container and utensils and stockpile bags inside of bags in car. A couple extra vegetable size bags can hold food encrusted utensils for storage until you get home to wash.
These items are every bit as useful as fuel in your car.
Now that you have a game plan for what being “ready to go” looks like through the wastenot lens, do what you need to get ready and go forth. May you enjoy to the max without filling the trash (that almost rhymes!).
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The moment I'd rather forget in my home-buying experience with Chelsea is when I proclaimed to her that I was not going to make an emotional purchase - it was a lie, and is inevitable in the home buying process. Emotions are an absolute necessity in the purchase of your first home. It may sometimes feel like a schizophrenic roller coaster, but in the end, being emotionally anchored to the home is a requirement for true domestic joy. Beyond emotions, it's obviously all about the practicalities (finances, location, upkeep, schools, crime-rates, etc. etc.) - these, too, are unconditional necessities throughout the research process. A sale cannot be made, however, without a foundation of emotional attachment - in my case, I continued to look and look and look, until something spoke to my heart. I made myself crazy over solely the practicalities, instead of leaning on my emotions more throughout the process. I suppose it takes ea ch of us undergoing the entirety of the process for the first time in order to realize, retroactively, that emotions have got to be there from the get go!
When I first started the home-buying process, I really did not know what to expect. I deliberated and hesitated many, many years in making the decision to purchase my first home. Last year, I had a good friend of mine tell me that if I truly wanted to buy a home, that I'd "Just have to jump in". He didn't know it at the time, but this morsel of seemingly "no-brainer" knowledge, was in fact the impetus of the process for me! I've had many, many friends recommend a multitude of realtors to me over the past year. For my given analytical-type personality, the more choices I was faced with - the more complex my decision-making process became. It goes without saying, "Anyone can get licensed as a realtor!" How was I supposed to navigate the sea of good and bad realtors working the greater Phoenix-Metro area (especially with my detail-oriented, overly-analytical mindset)? To me, this would have been a monumental undertaking. Thanks to a prior Facebook connection with Chelsea, I didn't have to seek-out a realtor...she found me! My prior connection to Chelsea started at Arizona State University, where we both endured the all-nighter hardships of Landscape Architecture Baccalaureate School. Though Chelsea and I were not close friends or colleagues while at ASU, the LA program was small enough that most of us knew of the students involved in landscape architecture (regardless of their graduating class). Through colleagues, and friends of friends, Chelsea and I'd become "Facebook pals", thus becoming aware that she'd entered the world of real estate. The residual ringing of "Just jump in", was enough, and before I knew it, Chelsea and I were setting up our first appointment. I was initially a bit confused about why I would have a "Realtor" (Chelsea Elwood), "Showing Agent" (Pam Brown-Elwood) and "Transaction Coordinator" (Chris Atchley). I had always thought that the Realtor would handle everything, so as to create a unified, personal realtor-buyer or realtor-seller experience. I'd always anticipated my someday-realtor as an individual that really got to know me, AND take me down the long, windy path of the red-tape road. I was hesitant at first, but what I ACTUALLY experienced, was a young, but extremely knowledgeable Realtor who answered my questions and concerns within minutes-to-hours of sending her a text, e-mail or phone call! I experienced a Showing Agent, who was sympathetic towards my wants, needs, and desires, AND could show me a home at almost moments-notice! I also experienced a transaction coordinator who, expectedly, got me all of the documents that I needed to sign, digitally, and in a timely fashion. I didn't realize it until abou t half-way through the process, but the "Real Estate Team Approach" worked well for me, and actually allowed each respective position to focus more on their piece of the pie (rather than being spread thin by clients and tasks). I completely recommend Chelsea & Pam as your Realtor team if your are looking to buy your first home. Chelsea will bring timely answers to the table and a professional foundation to base your home-buying criteria upon, and Pam will bring you a personalized home-showing experience that is amenable to your schedule. Both will help "land" you in the house that is right for you and your family! I am so, so grateful for their extensive time and hard work! As a full-time Soldier, Engineer, and Landscape Designer with an overly analytical-mindset and quizzical demeanor, I am thoroughly impressed with their ability to both get me through the process and help me find a home that I not only like, but absolutely love!!! I wouldn't be here in my first dream-home without both of your efforts! Chelsea and Pam have made the purchase of my first home, an experience that I will never forget! Thank you both, dearly! - Brian Miller