July 16, 2015

Day 4: Chicago

Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities. I think it's because it most closely resembles New York (tall buildings), Brooklyn (old buildings and janky streets), and Paris (the river). When in a city like Chicago, I'm not going to be cooking much as there is so much food to try, so instead, I eat out at sustainable restaurants.

For breakfast I went to a diner serving local and organic food. I had a good, typical meal and got a tea. Now tea is a complicated beast. This tea was fair trade, biodynamic, and organic which was really great. But my questioning didn't stop there. If I order tea, which I rarely do because I am a coffee person, I only want it if it comes loose. Why? A lot of tea bags are actually made of plastic and are therefore not biodegradable. Additionally the wrappers, which seem like they are paper, are actually lined with plastic, so also not biodegradable or recyclable. I'm not sacrificing sustainability for a cup or tea, so I like to be sure that the restaurant or care serves it loose. Plus, it tastes better. 
After breakfast I skated around and then checked out Wicker Park. It got warm and so I grabbed a drink to go in my mason jar.
I had a nice dinner out at a sustainable restaurant around Fulton Market and then headed back to my awesome AirBnb (in LOVE with it). Tomorrow I'll grab a bunch of snacks for the road and for camping and will arrive at my next city stop early next week. 

For clothing I wore my black tank, black sweater, boyfriend jeans, and converse.  


Next stop: Seattle, Washington 

35 comments:

  1. I put sooo many tea bags in my compost. Who knew?? Now, loose tea only!

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  2. Only loose tea for me! So much better and better for you. If you want to have the best cup of drip coffee ever go to Intelligentsia while you are in Chicago

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  3. I live in Chicago - but am clueless about sustainable restaurants. Where did you eat? (BTW my son and his roommates do Airbnb constantly - they have people staying with them everyday - they love it!)

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  4. What restaurants did you go to? Inwouldnliveto try them!

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  5. That is Big Star Tacos!! Can you tell that I eat there A LOT. The best TACOS!!

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  6. I'm in Seattle! You should really check out Sutra, Plum Bistro, and Chaco Canyon!

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  7. Is that showing your daily selection from a capsule wardrobe? I have just discovered this concept and it is changing my life. I am finally downsizing the wardrobe and selling/donating a pile of clothes. The irony is, with so much clutter out the way, it's easier to make your clothing work because you can actually see what you have!

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  8. And also the teabags are almost always bleached, no thanks, only loose tea for me!

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  9. Hi Ms Lauren
    Nice to know better about your effort to help our planet but one question for you !
    Respectfully as woman how you do when you need monthly use sanitary napkins ? Which kind of resource you use in this regard ?
    Other thing, sure that you use computer, furnitures so in this regard your computer is made by plastic too and furnitures made by wood sure ?

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    1. She uses a Lunette menstrual cup. Cloth reusable pads are also available. GladRags is one source for those.
      Look under Zero Waste Alternatives tab (above) on this blog for more information about the products she uses.

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    2. I can't answer for the OP, but there are other options for feminine products. First off, reusable pads. They are made from the same stuff most cloth diapers are made from. Then there are 'cups' that are like tampons. But instead of absorbing, they hold the liquid. You can also find actual homemade tampons, usually crocheted.

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    3. I can't answer for the OP, but there are other options for feminine products. First off, reusable pads. They are made from the same stuff most cloth diapers are made from. Then there are 'cups' that are like tampons. But instead of absorbing, they hold the liquid. You can also find actual homemade tampons, usually crocheted.

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    4. I can't answer for the OP, but there are other options for feminine products. First off, reusable pads. They are made from the same stuff most cloth diapers are made from. Then there are 'cups' that are like tampons. But instead of absorbing, they hold the liquid. You can also find actual homemade tampons, usually crocheted.

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  10. Lauren amazing clothes , are they bought new or thrifted, how do you attain such a simple stylish wardrobe?

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  11. Hello! I'm a Spanish girl and follow your web. Why since 4 day you don't write anymore? I hope your write everyday but nothing. Come on write more! Thank you

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  14. Hi there, I just found you today via a fb post my friend shared from Upworthy. Do you carry your mason jar in a bag with you? Where did you get, or how did you make, those great reusable bags you carried your produce in? I am very interested in making more lifestyle changes like these.

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  16. "sustainable restaurant"... colour me skeptical. i work at a cafe that caters to eco-lifestyle types and proudly trumpets its occasional organic ingredients and compostable coffee cups. meanwhile, back in the kitchen reams and reams of plastic bags are eaten through in the food production and storage stage. (not to mention all the boxes and plastic bags used in transport of produce and other ingredients.) labour is expensive and plastic is cheap, so paying staff to be washing out reusable containers all the time is kind of off the table. then there's the food waste; it's more money-efficient to have staff throw out a half-wilted head of lettuce than it is to have them sort through and salvage the still-good leaves. i would be very surprised if the situation is much different in most of other restaurants in north america.
    so thumbs up to anyone who refuses packaging with their takeout food, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that's a "waste-free meal."

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  17. What is the brand/make of your grey dress and romper? Love the style of those!

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  18. Chicago.. i never managed to pronounce it correctly.

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