Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 16 – February 26, 2017
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope your past week provided you with some opportunities to enjoy each day. I certainly had several chances to appreciate the various weather displays that we had this past week. One day I was relishing a spring like stroll across the school campus, with no jacket, and the next day I was bundled up and shoveling. Nothing like a little weather to keep one on their toes!
I’m sure your weeks are very busy. Mine are, and I know that I can not be a cult of one. Alas, no micro greens or sprouts have been started, nor have I found tulip bulbs to force. But each day has been eventful and satisfying. And that mail pile I was talking about – it’s still there, but it is much smaller than last week. And you know what, it’s ok! Our living spaces are clean and the kitchen is in good shape – only needing the basic daily maintenance (minus that mail pile!). I would be a fool to not acknowledge this as a win.
Did you know that January is known as national soup month? I didn’t, until I was stumbled across this little gem of a link. And remember, storing soup in a jar is a great way to stack up lunches or meals in your fridge, and just make your fridge look super cute! Glass jars in my fridge always make me smile. It’s probably because I know exactly what is in them and I know that they are not loaded with processed junk, preservatives and copious amounts of sodium. We may have missed national soup month, but it’s never too late for some new recipes!
How many of you are using your reusable bags? Good job! Are you finding some of your heavily used bags beginning to show wear and tear or in need of a good washing? I was always curious if some of those bags could be washed, and apparently, some can stand up to a washing machine, but others need to be hand washed or spot cleaned.
Here is a nice guide on how to clean and sanitize your reusable bags, including a handy chart based on the bag material. http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/cleaning_reusable_bags.aspx The only thing I didn’t agree with was their advice to tossing out old bags that were worn or dirty. That seems so wasteful and counterproductive to the idea of reusable bags, doesn’t it? And depending on what the bags are made from, they can’t even be sent to curbside recycling.
But after a little Google work, there is a place for the non-fixable bags to find a new home or purpose. Check out ChicoBags: https://www.chicobag.com/t-about-us Now you can round up unusable resusables and send them to ChicoBags. If you happen to have hoarded too many bags, ChicoBags will take those, too!
Here is the message from their web site about their Zero Waste Program, “We have an active repurposing and recycling program for all brands and types of reusable bags. ChicoBag doesn’t want any reusable bag to be left in a dark closet or sent to a landfill. Send us all your tired masses of reusable bags, functional or not. We will distribute them to fixed and low income families ready to start a reusable bag habit, or recycle them into new, useful products through partnerships with artists, crafters, and non-profit organizations.” Send your bags to:
C/O Zero Waste Program
747 Fortress Street
Chico, CA 95973
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a great week making all sorts of new memories. Check out the soup recipes, and enjoy making lots of extras for upcoming lunches and easy “crazy night” meals. And consider the above information about reusable bags to be the catalyst to opening that space that houses those bags and begin to sort through them. Keep the ones you love, and donate the rest to a place that will give them new life. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!