TakeOut Without

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Hello friends,

It’s time you met TakeOut Without!

Back when I interned at Borden Communications, I was introduced to this campaign to reduce restaurant waste. Their site has a ton of tips on how restaurants and consumers can work together to create less trash, so check it out! The three key messages to consumers are:

  • Refuse unnecessary stuff (packaging)
  • Retake your reusables
  • Reconsider your habits

The problem for me when I’m presented with straight-forward solutions like this is I can never go back! Once you are conscious (like, really conscious) of the fact that your garbage goes straight to a landfill, you’ll also be doing what you can to minimize packaging materials, plastic cutlery, and napkins. I promise!

Here’s what those 3 magic changes have looked like for me:

  1. I bring my own chopsticks. Seriously! One of my favourite Asian restaurants in Toronto still uses disposable chopsticks! Striding in with my own chopsticks in hand used to embarrass my mom, but she got used to it. It also made for a great conversation piece with waiters about why they should consider switching to reusable chopsticks! Of course, I also come armed with my glass container for leftovers. Walking a block back to my parents’ house is not a reason to put something in a landfill.
  2. I say no to all the extras. Have you noticed how much stuff is in takeout bags? If you’re going straight home with your meal, you don’t need disposable cutlery, napkins, ketchup packets, or even the bag! Just say no.
  3. Why are we even still talking about disposable coffee cups? If your order is “for here”, specify that you want your drink in a mug (even/especially if it looks prettier in a plastic cup).
  4. Invest in durable, glass or stainless steel reusables that you are proud to use. My days of plastic, spaghetti-sauce-stained ziplock containers are gone. I’ve gone glass, and I can’t go back!

How do you reduce waste in every day life? Let us know on Twitter or right here in the comments!

–Laura

Episode 23: How to Get The Most Out of Your Day

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Hello friends!

Today’s episode is all about how to make sure you are using your 24 hours in a meaningful, productive way. Sound good? You can listen in right here, or check us out on iTunes

 

We all have 24 hours in a day — but it doesn’t always feel like it, right?

The other day, I stumbled upon The Productivity Wheel on the Daily Muse (a career site /my current obsession). It gave me a cold, hard reminder that I’m not spending enough time on some really important stuff like friends, family, yoga, and even this podcast! In a bit of a panic, I sent the Wheel to Steph to get her two cents.

As you may or may not know, my co-host is a productivity master. If you read her blog, you’ll know what I mean. Steph is always inspiring me with the personal projects she takes on and she was the perfect interviewee for this episode.

Some of the many tips that you’ll find in the show:

I’m super excited for this episode and can’t wait to get the discussion rolling on how we can all make the most out of our days! Connect with us in the comments or on social media, and have an amazing (productive) week.

–Laura

The Ridiculously Easy Trick to Removing Labels

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By the end of this page, you will be a label-removal WIZARD.

I’m about to share with you the easiest method to get those labels off without having to resort to scrubbing off wet sticky bits of paper!

I love re-purposing jars. I use them for storing things like hemp, goji berries, cacao, and lentils — or I use them to carry around leftovers and green smoothies.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

What you’ll need

  • a jar!
  • boiled water (enough to fill the jar above the label)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar

Step 1: Carefully pour the boiling water into your jar, making sure to keep the label dry. Make sure to fill your jar above the label and wait a few seconds for the water to melt the adhesive from the inside.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Step 2: Holding on to a corner of the label, peel the label off your jar. It should peel right off!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Some labels will leave behind more glue than others. If your label leaves behind a residue, you’ll need to use your baking soda and vinegar.

Step 3: Holding the jar over the sink, sprinkle some baking soda on top and give it a squirt of vinegar. Having your vinegar in a spray bottle will make this really easy (you can even use it to clean the rest of your kitchen). Scrub everything off with a sponge or cloth that you wouldn’t mind getting a little gluey.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Rinse off your jar aaaaand you’re done!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Perfect right?

What are you going to use your new-found label wizardry for? Let us know here or on twitter @GreenGuineaPigs

–Laura