Change the World Wednesday – 23rd May

My mind is blank.

So blank that I left a Post-it note to remind me.

Today, it was work at 7am. Home at 10:30am (work done for the day)

Turn on PC, read e-mails, put all in the ‘pending tray’, check stats.

Indispensable nap.

Woke at 12:00.

It is now 2pm, I am coffeeless, bleary eyed and disorientated. I have a vague recollection that it’s Wednesday and that something always happens on Wednesdays…

Need coffee!


Rectified coffeelessness…

On with Change the World Wednesday.

This week’s challenge:

This week make every lunch a waste-free lunch. If you pack a lunch for yourself or your children, use reusable bags or lunch boxes, reusable food containers & utensils, avoid single-serve items (pudding cups, chips, etc.), use cloth napkins, etc. Think about food choices and preparation. Eliminate any waste associated with the process (compost scraps, serve leftovers, etc.). If you typically go out for lunch, try fixing your own food or choose a restaurant which doesn’t use disposable cups, plates, etc. and one which cooks with local foods. The idea here is to eliminate any waste associated with lunch.

Or …

If your lunches are already waste-free, let’s kick it up a notch. This week, make at least one lunch from local foods … if you can do a week, that’s even better. Let’s define “local” as foods produced within a 100-mile radius of your home.

Or …

If your lunches are already waste-free and you always “eat local”, then let’s elevate this challenge one more step. This week try “raw” lunches. Prepare at least one lunch which uses no cooking energy to prepare.

Hmmm, a three stage challenge.

I don’t ‘do’ lunches to eat out, but…

I like the restaurant idea. I have planned to have a restaurant lunch tomorrow. It will be at Sabores do Brasíl (Brazilian flavours, the link is in Portuguese, but nice photos), not far from work, about 2+kms along Cachamorra highway. I have already planned to walk hobble leisurely on my walking stick because I do need more exercise. So that saves a bus fare too.

They do not have disposable anything (apart from serviettes, aaarrrgggghhh!). Their veges and stuff are local, although meat comes from further afield. Rio de Janeiro is a big city and from here in three directions a 160kms (100 miles) and you are still in the greater city. So there is not the farmland to raise beef, etc. But there are plenty of dishes, whereby I could go vege for the event. That combines ideas one and two.

For the rest of the week, I will go for idea three no cooking and make salads with cold meats, providing the weather holds up, for lunch. Remember we are well into autumn (fall for our American cousins) and the weather is unpredictable. Lovely sunny day today though, which is nice since we have just had a week of cold and wet.

Saturday, I will have a hiatus. The kids are coming for the weekend and I promised them a pizza night, but the side dish for Sunday lunch will be salad.

I am just entering into the spirit of this challenge, because to guarantee that produce comes from within 160km radius, is nigh on impossible. But I do intend to make changes to fall in line as far as possible.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Enjoy your lunch out … looks like a lovely place! It’s nice when restaurants make an effort to include local produce in their dishes.

    By the way … I answered your question about CSAs on RF. 🙂



  2. >SF, yes, I will. I always enjoy eating out. No dishes to wash… Yes, I saw the CSA comment, thanks.



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