We are pretty excessive about our packaging at times. Why do the cookies have to be individually wrapped, stacked into a tray and then wrapped again? Why does the cereal have to be in two containers? Can't you just print all the info on the bag? Ok, I know why they do it; convenience, marketing, making it look like you get more than you actually do, blah blah blah. But c'mon.
I just keep thinking about all this "stuff" that this packaging is made out of, (ahem, petroleum products if it's plastic) and how short of a lifespan they have. We are literally throwing away our precious resources like crude oil (a resource that wars get started over) for a little bit of convenience. I know some of it is necessary for sanitary reasons, but a lot of it can be avoided.
So, every time I go to the grocery store, I think about what I'm buying, what kinds of packaging are involved, whether that packaging can be recycled, and then thinking about whether I could do without the product or replicate the same thing at home.
One such thing that we've stopped buying all together are boxes of instant oatmeal. Being a busy man on the go who would rather skip breakfast than prepare something himself, Shawn often looks to individually-wrapped instant oatmeal packages as a quick hot meal. I get it, they're quick and better for you than a donut. But man, that packaging...
So I've come up with a solution: I just make them at home. I bought quick oats in bulk at Central Market and the flavor possibilities have become endless. Once a week, I'll get 3 or 4 tupperwares, and fill them each with about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of instant oats, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. That's the base. From there I add fun combinations of cinnamon, craisins, dried cherries, slivered almonds, raisins, etc. You could also add fresher stuff the day-of, but all the stuff I add is dried so the container can sit for a while if Shawn doesn't get around to eating it.
|What would YOU put in your oatmeal?|
And here's a fun picture. We all compete for Shawn's affection, yet he just sleeps through the fight...