July 13, 2015

Day 2: Grand Rapids Michigan

I woke up this morning in Grand Rapids Michigan, the sun was shining and the air was clean. I took a shower, grabbed my compost bin that I have been collecting since I left New York, and headed to the Fulton Street Farmers Market. Using my reusable bags I picked up some blueberries (jam to be made later), herbs, beets, and summer squash. I snacked on the blueberries as we drove to The Sparrows coffee shop. Then I headed to the beach.

Outfit today: Black shorts, black sweater, black sandals. Bathing Suit.

Breakfast: 1 latte and a shared sourdough cinnamon bun from Field & Fire Bakery. I picked up some bread and donuts as well (package free) from a local bakery. We asked for them to hand us the bread without any packaging, they were so into it!
Lunch: A beach picnic!
Dinner: Grilled some beautiful vegetables from the Fulton Street farmers market!




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  1. You totally can change the world ! Loving this !

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, glad you like the post!

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  2. You're so inspiring! Thanks for sharing the details of how you do it!

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  4. You do really inspire me to start doing this, I has not been easy, but I'm still looking for good alternatives, so I can start a zero waste coffe shop!

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    1. That sounds great, a Zero Waste coffee shop would be amazing! :)

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  5. Love that you are in GR! If you are around for a while, I highly recommend checking out Bartertown Diner---a plant based restaurant that uses local farmers, as well as their sister restaurant next door CVLT Pizza. They love it when clients bring in their own containers for to-go meals, and usually offer a discount. Nourish Organic Market is also fabulous, with the only real bulk grocery in town.

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  6. Great, thank you for the suggestions!

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  7. you are setting a precedence, truly,, what an inspiration! I'm enjoying this trip!!

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  8. Thank you for sharing these inspiring posts from your trip! Btw, did you know that only 1% of Swedish waste ends up in landfill - the rest is recycled or used as fuel? There's a video about it here: (https://vimeo.com/103801887) Think you will like it!

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  10. It is always a pleasure to read you!

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  14. Idk if you are traveling through Denver, but there's a couple who has a zero waste booth set up at "The Big Wonderful" market in East Denver on Saturdays from 12 - 7:30. They have tons of bulk personal care items for you to stock up on if necessary and will probably be able to give you some pointers on local zero waste shopping. Here's their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zerowastemarket?fref=ts

    I don't live in CO anymore, so I haven't been there myself - but I am visiting this weekend, so even though you're busy and might not see this comment, maybe I'll come on over to your blog to post an update on it anyway... I'm going to check out this couple's "Zero Market" booth on the 18th!

    There's also an AWESOME hydroponics/aquaponics "farm" called the Growhaus in East Denver. This area is a food desert, so they help provide fresh, local food to the people in this area. Here's their page: http://www.thegrowhaus.org

    Colorado also has several Sprouts and Whole Foods stores, plus Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage which has some great stuff. I hope this helps. You should definitely stop through Denver... it's such an amazing place to be!

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  15. Yes, I love that you are sharing your journey (literally and figuratively! Thanks! One question -- you say you took your compost bin with you. Was that just to collect your daily compostables in? What are you planning to do with it as you travel?

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  16. I'm a 52 year old woman and seeing you darling young gal walk so gently on the earth gives me so much hope for the world my grandchildren will live in. Way to go!!! Thanks for these types of posts - so informative.
    Johanne

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  17. Is this your hole wardrobe?

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  18. Hi Lauren,
    I'd just like to firstly state ... you are amazing!! Super interesting reading all your posts :) I am just wanting more info on your wardrobe .. I understand you buy all secondhand but do you have any tips for how you search out the 'quality' peices? For instance do you search brands or certain fabrics? Any further tips would be amazing :)

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  19. i recently discovered you Lauren and am so impressed, you are doing what i have been trying to do for over 46 years. i love your "Life Without Plastic" bags, where can i get them? If they are organic, that is always my choice when buying anything new.

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