Sunday Morning Coffee // 2.23.14

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

So I have a confession to make, I stopped drinking coffee this past week. Quit [almost] cold turkey. I'm not quite sure why I decided to make this dramatic decision, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the death of my french press last week. That thing makes a mighty fine cup o' joe. Coffee was always just a morning starter for me - I never thought caffeine really affected me, until I stopped consuming it. I'm not too sure how I feel about it yet. Have you ever tried quitting coffee?

So I apologize in advance for the short coffee talk today - I had to supervise a sleepover at work last night (think 50 crazy/excited school-aged children). So little sleep, combined with my lack of coffee and the fact that I have to stay awake to go to one of Steve's games in a few hours is trumping a quality Sunday morning post. I'll be back next week, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but still, hopefully, minus the coffee. 

Oh by the way, how about those Canadians? No matter what country you're from, you have to agree the Canadian athletes have put on a preeeettttttty good show the past few days. See you in another 4 years winter Olympics. #WeAreWinter #HockeyCanada

This week I:

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip 06. Littler-less lunches

Do you bring your own home-made lunch to work? I admit, sometimes I get in a bad habit of not packing a lunch and having to buy. BUT when I do pack a lunch for work, I try to make it as "litter-less" as possible, which means no garbage! Litter-less lunches are gaining popularity in both schools and work environments. At my work, we not only encourage employees to bring litter-less lunches, but it is also highly pushed upon school groups that come to visit as well. Most schools have already adapted the same policy, helping educate children on how they can care for the environment.

The first step to creating a litter-less lunch is awareness. How much garbage do you actually create packing your sandwich, veggies, etc. in plastic bags and using disposable napkins? The answer? A LOT! Every year in Ontario, an elementary school student sends his/her own body weight in waste to the landfill. That's roughly around 67 lbs of garbage per year! Now imagine how much waste an adult, over twice their size, produces.

Why should you pack a litter-less lunch? Well, not only does it divert waste from the landfill, home-made, litter-less lunches are often much cheaper. And while pre-packed food may be more convenient, they often contain higher levels of sodium, sugars and fats, making home-made, litter-less lunches the healthier option as well. 

What will you need for a litter-less lunch? For starters, a reusable lunch bag, reusable glass or plastic containers, cloth napkins, a BPA-free reusable water bottle or drink container and reusable, plastic or stainless steel utensils. 

So, do you part: Take some time to plan your lunch for the next day, and be sure to pack it in reusable containers. Home-made and litter-less is healthier for both you, and the environment.

  • If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

Have a good week!

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  1. I never even thought about the amount of waste that is in a packed lunch. I usually take Tupperware in my lunchbox and don't have to worry about the waste but this just put it into a whole new perspective for me! 67 lbs is crazy!!!! Definitely going to think twice when I pack my next lunch.

  2. Booo to Canadian hockey (kidding)! I do need to get better about packing my lunch. I usually buy pre made salads or wraps at Trader Joes, which ends up creating a lot of waste!
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  3. GO CANADA!!! haha if that doesn't make you a proud Canadian, I don't know what will!

    I've been using re-usable tupperware for my lunches since I could remember, and I will continue to do so :) Love your eco-tips!

  4. I love your blog


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