Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hungry for change

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

Sometimes I feel like a pack mule. Or, a contestant on Let's Make a Deal. My purse contains obscure things like reusable shopping bags, stainless steel drinking vessels, glass straws, cloth napkins, bamboo cutlery, some type of apparatus for taking home leftovers, and of course a camera. Do I literally need to take everything but the kitchen sink when going out, just to avoid mountains of trash when coming back? I am happy to report no. Not always. There is one place you can go and leave most of your reusables at home. Panera Bread.

I know, I was surprised too. A girlfriend and I met there for lunch a few weeks ago. I came less than prepared as I only had my straw and to-go ware with me. Standing in line waiting to order, I silently scolded myself for not bringing all the proper equipment. I started tallying the waste I would generate while waiting for my pager to light up, but when I got to the counter to pick up my order I was greeted by this:

All reusables! I still skipped the lid on my drink and used my glass straw to eliminate two pieces of waste, so my only trash generated was the cup for my drink and that toothpick with the ridiculous frilly plastic on top. Whew!

It is nice to know there is somewhere I can go while out and about without the entire contents of my kitchen.

Now, who has a Diva Cup, safety razor, or people towel in their purse?


Anonymous said...

I'm going to remember that. Thanks for the tip. Oh and "check" on the Diva Cup (I use the Keeper though) and "check" on the people towel as well. I am also carrying reusable pads, a snap-shut mess kit with Sigg silverware and a cloth napkin, an insulated beverage container for use with both hot and cold liquids, and a wisdom wand for loose tea and coffee.

Rosa said...

I have a diva cup but I don't know what a people towel is!

Diana said...

I don't keep a diva cup in my purse, but I do use one. They're so much more comfortable than tampons or pads once you get them in right.

daharja said...

It's interesting you should say about this, because I was out antiques and secondhand shopping on the weekend in Christchurch, and one thing I noticed was how much bigger the handbags used to be.

We went in to a whole lot of secondhand and antiques shops, and ALL of the handbags pre-1970s were a LOT bigger than they are now.

(I made some lame-ass joke about house bricks.)

I think that, apart from the fact that women's..ummm..."sanitary items" used to be a bit heftier, women just used to carry around more stuff.

Some of the purses you see for sale these days are so ridiculously small you can't even fit a wallet in. I have an evening bag I bought on the spur of ridiculousness that I can't fit my wallet in - I have to just carry a credit card and some folded cash. Lipstick and a comb are a tight fit, and forget fitting a hairbrush.

I think I should have bought one of those house brick handbags, maybe!

daharja said...

Oh, and check on the Diva ;-)

Nana Sadie said...

I love Panera for Meatless Mondays on the go, too!
And this Nana is past the age for needing a Diva Cup, but you go, Girls!

Anonymous said...

Yep, as long as you don't get it "to go" Panera's pretty good, although around here their veg offerings are pretty limited. Pretty much all of their specialty salads contain meat now (does this vary in other markets?), and their veg soups are usually so salty that I can hardly eat them. I wish some of the fast food Mexican restaurants (Qdoba, Chipotle, Moe's, etc.)would follow suit. They offer good choices for veg road food, but lots of disposables :( Ah well, that's why I stick to the home front for my meals whenever possible!

EnviRambo said...

Rosa, a people towel is simply a personal hand towel that you carry with you for drying your hands in public spaces. You use it instead of paper towel in public bathrooms.

Rosa said...

Thank you, EnviroRambo!

I carry a cloth napkin for child-wiping, and a hankie for nose-wiping, but I generally just dry my hands on my pants so I'm not carrying any sort of towel.


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