Earth Day 2009


Happy Earth Day!

This is my earth friendly tip for you: Save your plastic bags. The bags that dry cereal and noodles come in are my favorites. They are much sturdier than the plastic bags you buy, and work well for housing leftovers.

Some examples: I used the last of some Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows to make Rice Krispie treats. Then I put the treats, when they were cooled, into the empty cereal bag and the empty marshmallow bag.

Our onions are in an empty cereal bag so they stay fresher longer (we hardly ever use up onions before they go bad; I’m hoping this will help).

We bought some lox and I used only part of the package. Instead of wrapping the extra in plastic wrap, it’s in an empty noodle bag.

I keep the bags in an old cereal box put aside for this purpose, and it sits on top of my refrigerator. If I was more ambitious I’d decorate the box.

P.S. Stu! told me she hoped I wouldn’t become “one of those freaky ‘freegan’ people” when she saw what I was up to, but this is just a matter of common sesne.  I have no plans to rummage through a dumpster for my clothes anytime soon (although I’m a terrible dresser and sometimes I look like I might…)


  1. AmberS

    April 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    That’s a good tip! Re-using is better than recycling, and every little bit helps. I’ve just started saving old plastic bags myself. I’d prefer to avoid plastic, but I’m not there yet. In the meantime, this will at least reduce my plastic consumption.

  2. Rob Blatt

    April 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Oh man! Look at my hand in that photo. I should look into being a manly hand model.

    Around the house we ask each other “can you use this box/bag” now. I’m sure its one of those things that will become second nature after a bit. We also keep our plastic forks in a Rice Krispies box.

  3. G.

    April 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    not related to this post but i just want to say that if you ever write a book, that pic on the “about this blog” section should be in the running for the back of the book.

    that, and your tina turner picture. =P

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