In-depth week four!

My goals for this week were to continue to eat healthily and to start doing some research on composting. My meal plans have gotten more and more extravagant and frivolous.

One of the biggest milestones of in-depth so far is this weekend, I went to a bulk store! This way, I can get everyday food items like rice and beans but instead of buying them in plastic packaging, I can just get it in jars and other eco-friendly containers. I didn’t get much this trip, I simply got white rice because my family buys a lot of that in plastic packaging. The bulk store I went to was Weigh to go Bulk store in Vancouver (3534 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6N 3E6). Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a bulk store in the Tri-City area except for the bulk section in certain grocery stores.

Recently, I’ve tagged along with my mom when we go grocery shopping. I try to help her choose produce items that don’t have plastic wrap and I bring mesh bags as reusable produce bags. We always bring our own bags to pack out our groceries, so we don’t use grocery bags or have to pay for them (every dime is worth it). I’ve been on a lookout for reusable straws but for the time being I’ve been asking restaurants to give me my drinks with no straws. Something that I’ve missed is when I eat out, they always have napkins which create waste. I plan on not using the napkins and bringing my own handkerchiefs around.

As for my mentor, she’s sent me a lot of recipes. I some tasty roasted vegetables the other night with carrots, onions, cauliflower, tomatoes, and sweet potato. I couldn’t find an alternative for parchment paper; however, I did wash the parchment paper to reuse it for next time. All of these were bought without packaging and I brought the leftovers to lunch the next day.

Unfortunately, due to her own circumstances, my mentor said that she might not be able to meet with me as consistently as I would like, so as a solution I’ve been trying to get in contact with Ms. Voykin, the head of our green team. I’ve sent her a brief email explaining the mentorship and asking for her assistance; however, she hasn’t replied. I plan on going to see her in CL on Tuesday to ask her in person.

My current mentor though has been a lot of help. The two of us have been able to connect on a lot of topics. I’ve been sharing things I’ve learned about zero waste living and she’s been connecting her meal plans and cooking tactics back to it. She told me that she once gardened and had a composting system she put in place but when she moved into an apartment, she had to minimize her composting system. I plan on asking Ms. Voykin for more help on composting because I am definitely lost in that department.

Until next post!