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Is Our Convenient Life Damaging the Planet?

By Fredrica Syren:

One of my favorite things to do when shopping is to snoop and see what everyone else is buying. Lately itplanet has made me sad to see that most shopping carts are filled with convenience items such as processed and prepared foods, and disposable goods.

Companies and manufacturers have done an excellent job convincing us that we have no time to cook or reuse things so we all think we need to buy their cheap, disposable products; that we no longer have time to cook food from scratch, and we should be grateful there are companies manufacturing prepared foods in plastic and mixes so all we have to do it put it in the microwave or just blend it quickly and — voila!— we have dinner or a baked goodie … That everyone can be a master chef with a frozen meal. And they convince parents that they need the best diapers to keep baby safe and dry, and jarred baby food because making your own might risk your baby’s health.

The problem with this way of thinking is that all these products come with a hefty price to the planet’s health and ours. Processed food and disposable products use lots of resources to produce them: water, electricity, fuel. And the food is usually in disposable packaging, which is mostly plastic. I already have talked about the problem with plastic and its damage to nature, water, wild life and our own health.

Once my family committed to a more sustainable life, conveniences went out the door and were replaced with my cooking from scratch, therefore avoiding disposable packaging. Someone once stated that it must take so much time living my life like this. The funny thing is that cooking a meal from scratch really does not take longer than cooking from a mix or reheating a pre-packaged meal. My meals take 20-30 minutes max to prepare and cook. And reheating might take 10-20 minutes, depending on what it is. We use cloth diapers, which — yes — I have to wash. But since I already do laundry, it’s not too much extra effort. Instead of disposable plastic wrap, we use bee wax wrap that I just wash and reuse. We use cloth instead of paper towels, and a reusable diva cup instead of disposable tampons. The reward is that that we have reduced our trash to one bag a month, we know our food is healthy and contains zero preservatives and tastes great. Best of all, I know this is causing way less damage.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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