Why I don’t write this blog anymore

A few months ago I deactivated this site because I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. I didn’t think I should leave it up, but I got so many requests to access it that I decided to just put it up again. I won’t be writing it anymore though.

I stopped writing this blog after I went to university because my perspective changed. I started this blog because I wanted to be eco friendly. I thought that purging plastic from my home was the best way to do it. But then I had to take a course at school about human impact on the environment. There are environmental issues other than plastic that are very serious. I don’t believe that focusing solely on one issue – plastic – is the right course of action. I think it’s better to take an approach where I consider the overall environmental impact of things, not just whether or not they’re packaged in plastic. The ingredients I use might be plastic free, but a lot of them are bad for the environment in other ways. Additionally, I realized that the solutions to the plastic waste problem that I propose on this blog are inaccessible to a lot of people. Going to university made me realize that not everybody can afford the expensive ingredients that having a plastic free kitchen requires you to buy. I feel that this blog gives off the message that if you have money, you can make a difference because you can afford to buy environmentally conscious goods. I grew up a bubble (Silicon Valley) and once I left it, I realized that this blog is unreasonable. I don’t have enough money to run it at school, and I don’t have enough time to make every single thing from scratch. What is the point of this blog if it doesn’t offer reasonable ways to be eco friendly? Is it just for show? That’s not what I want. I went into this actually wanting to help change things, not to promote the twisted notion that you have to be rich and have a lot of time on your hands to care for the environment.

I’m going to start a new blog about environmentally friendly living as a university student. I’m doing this because I want to show what’s possible with limited time and money, and I don’t just want to write about plastic free food. I want to write about environmentally friendly solutions to a lot of things that are accessible to everybody – not just people who have a lot of money and time. I think if I wrote about what I could do with limited resources, it could make more of a difference. If a broke busy university student can be environmentally conscious, so can a lot of other people.

Thank you for supporting this blog while I wrote it. I think it was a good start, but it needs modification. I hope you’ll join me at my new website once I start it in the fall when I go back to school. I’ll post the link here.

Plastic-free Breakfast Ideas

The production of plastic waste during breakfast may seem inevitable, but think again. Here are my favorite plastic-free breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal made from oats bought in bulk. Rolled oats are quicker to cook, but steel cut oats are more nutritious and have a chewier texture when cooked. Add things like chopped apples, raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon and honey to add variety.
  • Cereal purchased in bulk with a cloth bag.
  • Homemade granola with almond milk or milk from a glass bottle. Some stores also sell granola in bulk if you’re too busy to make it yourself.
  • Homemade waffles and pancakes made with homemade buttermilk. Coconut flour pancakes are good too. Ditch frozen pancakes and waffles. When I make waffles, I freeze any leftovers. When I want waffles for breakfast but I don’t have time to make them, I pop the homemade frozen ones in my toaster.
  • Almond rice porridge, one of my favorites.
  • Toast, scrambled eggs and sausages. Bring your own container to the meat counter to buy the sausages. For toast, try my oat and raisin bread or my beer bread.
  • Fresh seasonal fruit with homemade yogurt.
  • Make your own smoothies instead of buying them in those little plastic bottles. The store-bought ones, aside from being in plastic bottles, are filled with additives and lots of sugar. Instead of buying frozen fruit for smoothies in plastic bags, I cut up fresh fruits and freeze them in glass jars. Another beverage I like to drink in the morning is orange juice with buttermilk.
  • Homemade muffins. Try my pumpkin walnut date muffinsmaple pumpkin muffins or zucchini muffins.