By Jordan Laio, Networx
The dividing line between green living and homesteading is blurry, but probably exists somewhere between recycling and vermicomposting. Wherever you lie on that spectrum, a big part of living a greener lifestyle is doing what’s healthy for the planet and yourself. While truly living green means buying less stuff, there are some things worth buying (at least until you actually move to the homestead).
1. Reusable Bulk Bags: These are simple cloth bags with drawstrings used instead of plastic bags for your produce and bulk items like flour, beans, and nuts. Obviously, they are less useful if your local grocery store has an impoverished bulk section, but many food co-ops and natural markets like Whole Foods have pretty robust bulk sections. These bags are often made from natural materials and can be reused indefinitely. You get extra points for sewing your own bags or re-purposing other cloth bags (like the satchel Tom’s shoes come in).
2. Canning jars: I think of canning jars as the backbone of a sustainable kitchen. They range in useful sizes from pints to gallons and are great for dry and wet food storage, sprouting (if you don’t have a dedicated sprouting device), canning, and fermenting everything from kombucha to kimchi. Available at your local hardware store or food co-op.
3. Sprouting Device: I’ll be honest: When I sprout, I keep the operation simple with a bowl or jar. But there are also commercial devices made especially for sprouting which you may find in a green kitchen’s pantry. Why sprout your own? It maximizes the nutrition of the foods you already eat and is WAY cheaper than buying sprouts.