Cornall ON –
Well the summer flurry of fairs and exhibitions is in full swing. These are wonderful events which offer the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones. Attending these events often includes purchasing a meal on site and everything always tastes better when someone else makes it so support your local vendors and take a break from cooking.
We can avoid the guilt of all the garbage such an extravagance offers by packing a container that your local vendor can fill with your purchased meal and your own reusable utensils. Chop Sticks are a great utensil to consider packing for just such an adventure because they also force you eat a little slower and enjoy the meal. Also, avoid the plastic trap by packing enough water in your own reusable container to keep you hydrated for the day. This small change over the year can eliminate a room full of plastic from our landfill sites.
If you are hosting a special event over this summer or next and are interested in ‘greening up’ your event you may visit http://drop.io/earthmatters
and view or download documentation entitled “Greening Your Event” to help you do exactly that. Any journey begins with the first step so incorporating one small change can make a huge difference in the long run. Please feel free to share it with the companies and organizations you associate with.
I attended a Canada Day Celebration in South Mountain this past July 1 and sadly noticed no blue boxes on the premises for people’s recyclables. Your help and voices are needed to get these simple helpful measures in place. Come on people…it is 2010. Not having blue boxes in place for our community and municipal events is absolutely unacceptable.
My family has been doing rather well in staying away from plastic film and Styrofoam in our weekly grocery purchases. This has meant that we have had to bypass products that we would love to purchase such as corn or grapes which I have only seen in plastic over the past few weeks. Farm Boy has been our source for meat and cold cuts as they are willing to pack requests in paper or in containers we supply.
We have also discovered a second Grocery Store in Cornwall who has a meat counter, Gosselin’s Super Market which means we can avoid the plastic Styrofoam route for purchasing our meat products. With the abundance of locally grown produce available at our local farmers’ markets and produce stands plastic is easy to avoid as long as you remember to bring your reusable grocery bags.
Smart tip of the week: Consider using an insulated carafe to put your pot of hot tea or coffee in. We have used such a carafe over the last few years. The carafe of coffee stays hot for several hours and saves us considerable electricity in the process as we do not continually heat or might I say cook the coffee with the coffeemaker. A great energy and flavour saver and great when you are entertaining a house full of company. The stainless steel carafe was purchased for about $45.00; an investment that has paid for itself several times over.
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