A friend of mine told me she uses plain old Ball jars for food storage, and a lightbulb went off for me.
We try not to buy plastic anymore, but we have three children, so we constantly have a steady stream of food and leftovers in our house. Buying enough glass food storage containers to accommodate alllllll of that felt overwhelming.
But glass jars are so inexpensive and durable! I upgraded my jars with some air tight lids, and now I use them for everything:
-Dry goods in my pantry
-Frozen fruit in my freezer for smoothies
-Berries (which stay fresh a few days longer with the airtight lids)
-Soup! Salads! Everything!
One tip: look for the wide-mouth version, which makes it much easier to get food in and out.
This week in Greenishland
My son walked out onto our porch this week and spotted a turtle in our yard! It felt like a good omen. We named her Tanya and kept her in our backyard for a few hours before returning her to the nearest pond. It was so pleasant to have her around for a bit. I watched her trudge around while I did dishes at the kitchen sink, and later she dove into a pile of leaves for a nap. My friend Jessi reminded me about animal symbolism and we wondered what lovely things Tanya's visit could mean. At the very least, it made for a fun day. Here's a fun chart with other animal symbols in case you have a creature encounter this summer!
A lovely reader asked: Is it really better to not recycle something if I'm not sure it can be recycled? Shouldn't I try to recycle it anyway?
Believe it or not, it is actually better to leave something out of your recycle bin if you're not sure it can be recycled. The short explanation is that an item that can't be recycled can "contaminate" a whole batch of recyclables. It can also clog up machinery, or greatly slow down the recycling process. So if you're unsure, it is probably best to just toss the item in the trash!