Thanks to those of you who sent me recipes for granola and energy bars last week. Since replacing my cereal was high on the list I tried out the granola first.

Home-made granola

It was super easy to make and so tasty!  Thanks Katie, for sending this recipe from “Super Baby Food,” by Ruth Yaron.  I am posting it in case anyone else would like to give it a try.  For dried fruit I ended up using dried cranberries and dates, and I left out the coconut.


Preheat oven to 350F. Spread 5 cups oats in a 9×13 pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine in a bowl:
1/3 C oil or melted butter
1/2 C honey
1 t vanilla
1 C coconut
1/2 C well-chopped nuts
1/2 C toasted wheat germ (or whatever grain you have on hand)
1 t cinnamon

Mix into pan with oatmeal and bake for an additional 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes for even browning. After mixture cools, add:
1 1/2 C dried fruit
1/2 C sunflower seeds
Keep refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.

In the process of collecting ingredients for the granola, I found out what a fabulous resource my local health food store is and will be through out this trash-free year.  Down to Earth has much more to offer than Whole Foods for those seeking to eat healthy AND reduce their trash.  Not only does Down To Earth have bulk grains, flours, oats, pasta and dried fruit, but you can also buy honey and peanut butter in bulk as well.  To mainlanders this is probably commonplace, but having this option is a big deal here in Hawaii.

When I was at Down To Earth I also picked up something called the Diva Cup.  It was that time of the month for me and I had to face the fact that my usual methods for dealing with my menstrual cycle were definitely not trash-free or even close to it.  A friend of mine at work mentioned this option to me, so I decided to give it a try.

Diva Cup

I am sold on it and so amazed that I had never heard of it before.  The photo above is a picture of the cup in its cotton container.  If any women out there are at all interested I would suggest checking out the Diva Cup website to see what it is all about.  There are other brands out there, as well.  This is just the one I chose that works for me.

Staying on the “girly stuff” theme, I also found a place to buy shampoo and conditioner in bulk.  Down To Earth also has this option, but I chose to buy mine from Bobbi and Guy Salon, where my mom gets her hair cut.

Shampoo and Conditioner refillable containers from Bobbi and Guy Salon

I was reading up on shampoo that comes in bars like soap…I may try that down the road, but this will help me achieve my trash-free goal for now.

The next “girly” thing I would like to change is my deodorant.  I have found great, fairly simple recipes online for home-made deodorant.  If there is anything that any of you have tried and like, I would love to hear about it.

Compost update:

The trash can compost is doing well, as far as I can tell.  I did have to water it a couple times this week because it seemed too dry.  I will need to collect more “brown” waste for this week and tear up my junk mail, toilet paper rolls, newspaper, etc., because I went through my entire container of it last week.  Every time I put in some “green” waste, like banana peals and veggie scraps, I cover it with some “brown” waste.

Green in


Brown in

Trash update:

A few new pieces of trash this week: more floss, bottle caps, plastic packaging that came with my training leash for my dog, and disposable contact lens containers.


Three weeks of trash

I think I will make magnets out of the bottle caps (my friend Suzanne did this before – such a great idea!) but I’m not sure of what to do with the rest.  Art ideas and other suggestions for how to reuse my trash are always welcome!