Author Archives: Joanie

If Only I was Made of Sugar…

Those who know me know that I love coffee. I must drink, on average, 3 cups a day, (and they’re big travel cups). Often I’ll have a coffee at home but I also love having a coffee on the way to work or after work to relax. For a while now I’ve been taking my […]

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I bought a plastic bag… I feel so bad!

Everything was going well. Our garbage can had a few crumbs in it and we hadn’t bought any food with packaging. We decided to go to the poissonnerie to buy some shrimp in our own container. We were really excited to have shrimp! We went to the poissonnerie at Atwater market and asked to buy […]

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Eureka!! I Have Milk!!

As I mentioned before, I’ve been looking for milk in a reusable container. I honestly thought that I wouldn’t be able to find it since I was told that it didn’t exist anymore. But we found it! There’s a small grocery store/café on Victoria Avenue in Westmount called Marché Vic that sells milk in glass […]

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We can Compost!

Before we moved we lived in an apartment with a yard. In the yard we had made a nice little vegetable garden with, of course, a compost box. When we started composting I was really surprised to see that a large portion of our garbage was food that could be composted. Once we moved into […]

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Should I be wrapped in plastic too?

Since we moved to Verdun, I’ve come under the impression that all food comes wrapped in plastic, and often on a little styrofoam tray. We live near a Metro, (the grocery store), a Provigo, an IGA, and some independent grocery stores. We went to explore them to see what we could buy without packaging. The […]

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I love the person who invented the concept of Bulk Shopping

For not making garbage, shopping in bulk is fabulous. You just have to have a bunch of smallish bags and you can do a whole grocery trip. Before going to the Atwater market for the first time I sewed some small bags using cloth from some old pants of John’s that had a big hole, […]

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Our First Grocery Shopping Trip at the Jean-Talon Market

Since we can’t buy any food that comes in packaging, the best place to go shopping is the market. We went to the Jean-Talon market here in Montréal armed with reusable bags and containers to carry the food that we were going to buy. Fruits & veggies were easy to fins without packaging but I […]

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We’ve Moved!

We moved everything in our car with the help of big Rubbermaid containers that we already had and one week’s worth of flyers that we brought back and forth between the old and new apartments to wrap up delicate items for each trip. And we’re finally in our new apartment! First, I am very proud […]

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Mountains of Stuff, (or, half your stuff is crap)!

We don’t realize how many things we collect until we move and have to get everything that we collected out of its hiding place. We knew that we had way to much stuff and were going to have to get rid of a bunch of it but we had no idea just how much stuff […]

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Here We Go!

For a while now, John, (my fiancé), and I have wanted to experience living differently. We’ve always been concerned about the environment and what we can do to save our planet. After having read the book No Impact Man we decided to have the same experience as the author, (Colin Beavan), but in our own […]

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