Want to know how to become really, really environmentally friendly in the kitchen? Move to a new country and don’t bring anything with you.
After two weeks I was working with:
–1 chef’s knife
–1 ceramic pot (yardsale purchase)
–1 coffee pot (donated)
–2 plastic water bottles in constant reuse, 2 yogurt containers serving as cups/small bowls, 10 plastic utensils in various states, several sheets of plastic wrap and sandwich bags in constant reuse
The good news is that I walked to a garage sale (vide maison) in the rain yesterday and found a bunch of things, so I ate breakfast on a plate this morning. The garage was full of all kinds of crazy things like giant cheese storage containers and meter-long fish roasting pans. They were also amused that I was American, and gave me escargot tongs for free so my friends would think I was French.
I digress. The real question is: why have I been throwing away plastic wrap after one use for years? And why did I have 5 mugs in my cupboard when I lived alone? After going from near 1,000 square feet of space to just barely 200, I’m hoping that one of the things I take away from this year is to stop buying so many THINGS. I’m not even sure the boxes I left in my parents’ house would fit into this apartment, much less the furniture.
Featured below, things I managed to not buy at the sale because I have no need for them… but they were cool.