… Chloe Vichot of Ancolie in New York is tackling lunchtime waste: most all the food served in her restaurant comes in reusable glass jars, which guests can exchange for a dollar of store credit (she currently has a 30 percent return rate). She donates all her food scraps to a community garden, so that she knows exactly where her waste is ending up.
See full article here! https://www.foodandwine.com/news/christina-lecki-reynard
Ancolie is a self-described “epicurean canteen”—serving healthy, ready-to-eat meals packed to-go in sustainable glass jars. Founder Chloe Vichot—like most us—grew frustrated not only with the overly salty, often processed ingredients in the ready-made meals she would pick up for lunch, but with the waste they generated. In building Ancolie, Vichot focused on the container first, creating custom-designed mason jars that are truly a joy to eat from—wider than the typical jar with curved edges (to make scooping that last bite of farro a little easier), stackable, and leakproof. For lunch think rainbow salads (cabbage, greens, cauli-rice) or the Ancolie jar (a little heartier with lentils, carrots, goat cheese, chicken, and walnuts), breakfast could be a creamy chia pud, and for those who like something warm, there are hot options daily.
See full article here: https://goop.com/city-guide/the-healthy-nyc-guide/eat/
Do you find yourself blankly staring into your closet, thinking, “I have nothing to wear!!”
Do you continue to toss out clothes that you feel just “aren’t you”?
It may be time to break your fast fashion habit, and focus on clothing that is good for the planet, and more valuable to you in the long term.
Buying clothing that is more expensive (yet in your budget) will help you make better decisions about clothing you actually like, and will like in the long term. It should also be of higher quality, making it last longer, as well.
Fast Fashion is an industry that capitalizes on cheaper clothing, making it available at more frequent times throughout the year.
Fast Fashion contributes to textile waste, because we throw it out when it isn’t fashionable anymore.
It also contributes to toxic waste, water pollution due to the dyes used, and the use of polyester fabric. Polyester when washed, sends micro particles of plastic into our water system. This harms sea animals, and eventually the humans who consume those animals.
Cotton grown for clothing, is usually treated with pesticides, which harms the growers, and the planet.
So, what can we do?
- Stop buying fast fashion and put your hard earned money towards quality clothing
- Do not buy polyester, and only buy organic or recycled cotton
- Mend clothing that has become damaged
- Donate or recycle clothing that cannot be mended
Organize a swap event with your friends where everyone brings one or two pieces of clothing and leaves with something new!
Buy second hand at a thrift store and give a second life to an original piece
Mother Earth, your budget, your closet and YOU, mind body and soul, will thank you!
We know the journey to zero waste is a hard one, but it is worth it!
To help you, we put together a list of ways you can stay sustainable while at home.
Living this way is fun, inspiring, and requires some inventiveness!
We’ve found the majority of waste comes from the bathroom and the kitchen.
- Use bar face wash, soap, shampoo and conditioner to cut down on plastic bottles
- If you run out of your liquid hand soap, or body wash, go to a grocery store and refill it with bulk soap instead of tossing your plastic container!
- Use a bamboo toothbrush
- For toothpaste, we love Bite Toothpaste. It comes in a glass bottle as little tablets you chew with water to make the paste yourself!
- Dental lace! no more plastic boxes of floss for us
- Running out of cleaning spray? Simply take the peels of 2 oranges, put into an Ancolie jar and top off with white vinegar. Wait for two weeks, then strain and put the liquid into a spray bottle and you are ready to go!
- You don’t need paper towels. Unpaper towels work perfectly fine!
- Food waste: use ALL of the fruit or vegetable, even the skins. At Ancolie, we take edible apple skins and dry them into chips. They are delicious and low calorie. What can you think of?
- Compost and recycle the rest, of course!
- Purchase items in bulk, or glass jars so you can reuse!
How do you stay sustainable? Any tips to share with us? We would love to hear from you!
Photo by Juliet Taylor
Seven Steps to a Sustainable Summer
- When you’re preparing for your day…
Always fill up and bring your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated!
Find one that you love to use, and you will always remember it!
Here is one of our favorites: https://www.swellbottle.com/
- When you leave your house or apartment…
Turn off the Air Conditioning!
Two tons of carbon dioxide are omitted by every home with an A/C every year¹
Do your part to cut down on these omissions and use A/C consciously
- When traveling to work…
Walk or bike to work, why take the subway?
It is a great form of exercise, too!
4. When you’re buying sunscreen…
Conventional sunscreen puts harmful chemicals in your body and in our oceans
We will spare you all the gorey details, but read on here plus find recommendations for awesome, eco-friendly sunscreen options http://eco-boost.co/zero-waste-sunscreen/
5. When you’re going grocery shopping…
Farmer’s Markets are a great way to find locally sourced produce!
Check out the nearest one and make an errand into a fun and sustainable activity and don’t forget your reusable bag!
6. When you’re going to the beach or park…
Pack snacks from the bulk section, or Ancolie, in reusable containers
So often we can go to plastic-packaged goods when we go to the beach or park but Ancolie, and others make it so easy not to
Ask us about our summer meals to carry with you to the airport, bus or train (with a small isotherm bag, one salad and one dessert in a jar)
7. When you’re going on vacation…
Little versions of conventional drugstore products can be cute.. but not when you think about the harm they do to our planet
¹The Sustainability Cooperative https://thesustainabilitycooperative.net/2014/05/22/5-tips-for-sustainable-summer-fun/
Getting to zero waste is hard, but just getting to less waste can be complex, too.
So, we decided to break things down into simple concepts that can help change the way we all think about waste.
How can you contribute to a circular economy, you ask?
Here are five helpful tips adapted from Kathryn Kellogg
- Learn to say no to more “stuff”
If you are offered something, an “extra” anything: a goody bag, or a water bottle, just say No!
These are things you do not need. This is just “stuff”
“The easiest way to prevent waste from leaving your home is to keep it from entering your home” – Kathryn Kellogg
- Reduce possessions
Many of us are lucky enough to have more than we need, and even more than we want. Donating extra belongings will not only make your home feel better, more simplified and zen but it will give to people in need.
The KonMari method from Marie Kondo is an amazing way to de-clutter your life.
Start today. We promise it will change your life if you follow the instructions. (We just did it for the second time and have donated 4 bags filled with clothing)
Really helpful tips for getting started here
- Reuse items whenever possible (hint: Ancolie jars)
The best advice we got from Lauren Singer @trashisfortosser is to go step by step. You cannot switch all your disposable to reusable in one day. Wait until you run out of something and try to replace it with a reusable option. Try these two websites for great items: Life Without Plastic, or Package Free Shop or even better go to the physical Package Free store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!
Is it beautiful? Is it glass, wood or metal? Use it, then use it, then use it, and use it again.
No more tissues, water bottles, paper towels, anything plastic.
Use cloth napkins instead of tissues and paper towels. You might miss them for a day or two, and then you learn to use the alternatives with ease!
Use glass or metal water bottles instead of plastic (since we now know plastic seeps into the water itself)
Always checks to see if there is an item available secondhand instead of buying it new.
- Compost food scraps
When you don’t compost, food that could be returned to the earth goes into landfills 😦
Does your neighborhood support composting?
Here are food scrap collection locations in New York
And another one, https://www.bkrot.org/
It’s the same as with compost, when we don’t recycle, those precious reusable materials go into our landfills.
Here is more information on residential recycling in New York http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1239/residential-recycling
Request a site visit for the city to review your recycling program
Here’s to living “less waste”, guilt-free and happy!