May 21, 2010

Food Waste Friday and Favorite Blog Post of the Week

It's Friday, and we've got no food waste this week.

I have to admit that when I first started reading The Frugal Girl's Food Waste Friday posts featuring photos of rotten food, I didn't quite know what to make of it. But it didn't take me long to recognize how I'd gotten used to throwing food away almost every single week. Once I made the connection that being careful about the food we buy and eat was better for the environment and better for our budget, I started taking it seriously.

Now that we're watching our food waste, if we're not perfect I don't go into a depression or anything, but I feel much better being generally conscious about it. I think maybe I have a genetic predisposition against food waste because when I was little and we'd be on family car trips I'd get so upset when I'd see food accidentally dumped all over the road. I particularly recall a truckload of tomatoes smashed and smeared all over the asphalt. It made me so sad, like they hadn't gotten a chance to do what they were supposed to do, fulfill their tomato destiny. They were waste. My family thought I was nuts when I would express thoughts like this. I guess it is a little nuts.

But all the same, I wish no food was ever wasted. So we'll do our part in this house.

Are you watching your food waste? How did you do this week? Tell us about it in the Comments section.

FAVORITE BLOG POST OF THE WEEK: Kristen at The Frugal Girl gets my vote for this post about the idiocy of Kleenex's new product, a disposable paper bathroom hand towel for home use. Please read it, link to it on your blog, pass it along to your friends. The fact that this product even exists is so wrong on so many levels, and I'd like to do everything possible to help it go away before it has a chance to catch on.

And please don't buy their product. In fact, if you want to go one step further, switch to a People Towel and save a tree. It's a reusable organic cotton towel you carry around with you. It comes in all kinds of groovy patterns. In Japan, personal towels are quite common. Think they'll catch on in the U.S.A.? You can read all about People Towels here. Thanks to Danielle at Your Daily Thread for that awesome information.

4 comments:

Those Tricks said...

Wow!
What a waste of a product.
Bummer.
Tsk tsk Kleenex.
Surely there are more responsible, just as sellable products you could have come up with.
sad face.

Magdalena said...

I read Kristen's post, too, and I think Katie wrote on it as well. No, I don't think I want this, thanks anyway Kleenex! I'm trying to get rid of the use of paper products, not find new ones. I'm not that scared of germs. I think I will carry my own towel. It probably won't be as cool as the ones featured, but it will be something we already have. It's a great idea, especially when you have to wash the little one's hands in a public washroom. Those hand dryers just aren't effective for someone whose attention span is seconds long! The toddler's got some cute little towels I think we can re-use in the travel bag or my capacious carry-all.

Shelayna said...

I like the idea of carrying my own towel. I often bring cloth napkins and my own cups when I'm out and about in the city! The kleenex product gets the thumbs down!

Angela said...

Thanks for your comments!

Magdalena- Since any small-ish towel would do the job, it's a great idea to find one you already have in your toddler's closet. I'm thinking this would work for me as long as the towel is super lightweight and small- I don't like to carry a lot of weight.