Issue Three of Crunchy Chicken's Low Impact Week
I used to laugh at the yuppies ordering their Starbucks half-caf triple-shot double-foam non-fat short caramel lattes.
Now I'm picking out my beans the same way. Make mine shade-grown, organic, fair trade, and locally roasted, please.
You can find this cool rising-sea-level mug (that we do not own but always laugh at) here.
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I talk a lot on this blog about eating locally-grown food, but recently we've been eating even more locally than usual, as my fortune cookie commands:
Our garden broccoli, still small, looked like it might be about to bolt in the heat we've had recently. We harvested it...
...served it steamed in a whole-wheat tortilla with mozzarella cheese...
...and packed it in David's nifty lunch pail:
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Another way to change your food habits in order to lesson your ecological footprint is to answer the "Paper or plastic?" question with, "No thanks; I brought my own bag." In a pinch, I've even used a shawl in progress:
(No knitting was harmed in the taking of this picture.)
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Our goal for the future? To make sure we have some old reusable containers with us for restaurant leftovers when we go out to dinner. (Yep--the backpack-slash-car kit is getting larger: string bags and washed-out produce bags, metal coffee mug, cloth napkins and handkerchiefs, etc. along with the requisite books and knitting for all of us. When will this start to seem ridiculous?)