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Evening!  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I spent the afternoon working on my latest freelance article, which is on โ€œamazingโ€ dorm rooms โ€“ either very luxurious dorms or environmentally-friendly dorms.   Itโ€™s a really fun article to write and interview people for โ€“ I think I interviewed a dozen students and college reps today!

 

The dorms I lived in my freshman year of college were neither luxurious or green, but they were freaking awesome! :)  I lived in Tower A at the University of Pittsburgh on the 16th floor.

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(Note: picture is from 2007.  I lived in those dorms in 2002!)

 

Snacked on cereal around 6 PM:

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And I just ate this fabulous dinner:

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I made a two egg, cheese, and roasted potato breakfast wrap.  I shaked in some ketchup and hot sauce, too!

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One question I get asked all the time if how I feel about eating eggs.  I answered this question back on this post: โ€œAre All Vegetarians Hypocrites?โ€  The comments are really interesting to read!  Basically, I try to buy the friendliest eggs I can (organic, free roam) because I simply cannot be vegan โ€“ itโ€™s just not in me.  Eggs are a really cheap, quick protein option for me that Iโ€™m not ready to give up.  Itโ€™s not ideal, but it works for me.

 

I also had a side of asparagus and corn on the corn.

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Off to watch the Olympics and get to bed on time!  Tomorrow is going to be a busy dayโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve got to take Maggie to the vet (sheโ€™s sick), go on a trail run with Kelly, and work on my article.

 

Whatโ€™s one โ€œethicalโ€ or โ€œenvironmentally-friendlyโ€ change youโ€™ve made in your diet or lifestyle lately?  The Husband and I have gotten really good at remembering to bring shopping bags to the grocery store!  Itโ€™s small, but itโ€™s something!

{ 94 comments }

 

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 25, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I’ve been in those dorms before! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I bring shopping bags to the grocery store, too! Other than that…I can’t really think of much else, besides buying local produce.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 25, 2010, 9:15 pm

    This sounds awful…but we finally picked up a recycling bin for our trash day. We moved to a new town in July, but only just picked up a bin for recycling this past January…better late than never, right?

    Lol…my dorm in college was so freaking ghetto…but I loved it all the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 25, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Ummmmm your dorm rooms were amazing?!? That’s crazy, but I’m sure there were fun times ๐Ÿ˜‰

    When I moved into a new place with new roommates, they didn’t recycle! I bought a recycling bin and take it out every week

  • Jocelyn February 25, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I always remember to bring my own bags now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices February 25, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I watched Food, Inc a couple of weeks ago and since then I haven’t really been able to stomach meat. I haven’t eaten it for a couple of weeks now and have been eating a lot of beans, eggs, and a little bit of tofu to get protein in. Right now I couldn’t do the vegan thing because I eat a lot of eggs and I just LOVE cheese too much!

  • Evan Thomas February 25, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I would say my thing is buying the most hyped-up eggs, too. I honestly don’t think there’s a difference between plain and cage-free, grass fed, organic nutritionally, but I WILL pay the extra money just because I wish all eggs came from cage-free, grass fed hens and I truly believe we bid with our shopping cart

  • Kelly February 25, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I am very good at recycling at home and work, but for some reason the grocery bag thing is tough for me. I’m really trying though!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 25, 2010, 9:19 pm

    We go with the most ethical meat/dairy/egg choice possible at our supermarket, and I bring our reusable bags to the supermarket whenever I remember!

    I miss dorm living! It was so much fun having my friends living just a few doors or floors away – now we’re all over the country ๐Ÿ™

  • Liz February 25, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Husband and I ALWAYS forget our shopping bags! But we are doing much better lately. I really hate when we forget, and we end up repacking everything because the store clerks will only put two or three things in one bag! I don’t want to use a plastic bag unless it is Full-Full-Full! I also really don’t understand why they bag milk?!? It already has a handle! Ha ha!

    Other than that, we’ve drastically cut back on meats because of the pollution of factory farms, and we’re really conscious about reading labels and trying to buy sustainably. Every little bit counts!

  • Ariffa February 25, 2010, 9:21 pm

    corn on the corn ehh… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    that wrap pic made me drool, and I am not ashamed.

  • Lisa February 25, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I live in Toronto and our grocery store charge anywhere from 5-10 cents per bag…. Pretty much every shopper brings cloth bags from home. Or every store sells nice cloth bags for a buck! Also, we have a really great city funded program Which I believe is spreading throughout Ontario and the Coubtry. We not only have blue bins for recycle but we also have green bins for things like table scraps produce peels, Kleenex….. You’re only allowed 1 bag of garbage per household regardless of how many people livein your house. Between the green bin and recycle box my husbns and I fill a quaternary to half a bag a week:).

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 25, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Hunni and I have been using reusable grocery bags and subbing beans in for meat more often.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 25, 2010, 9:25 pm

    i’d say the fact that i gave up meat for lent is the most recent thing i’ve done…but i do try to remember clothe bags at the store, or just shove it all in one paper one rather than a hundred plastic ones!

    thanks for the sweet comment on my guest post! it made my evening ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nutritious Foodie February 25, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I didn’t know you are a Pitt grad…. I am a big Mountaineer fan right down the road from ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope Maggie doesn’t have ear infection.

    The two big things that I have done are going vegetarian and using more eco friendly products and taking my own bags to the grocery store.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 25, 2010, 9:29 pm

    We try to buy organic wherever we can….which works for us (shame about the cost though!)
    Hope Maggie is feeling better soon ๐Ÿ™

  • Heather February 25, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I had an awesome dorm room in college. my roomates mom was an interior decorator, it was dubbed “the jungle room” and it looked just like an awesome jungle!

  • Sarah (Shep) February 25, 2010, 9:34 pm

    i unfortunately did not enjoy my time in the dorms… but i know many people who love them!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Our grocery store doesn’t carry plastic at all- or paper- so it forced everyone to bring reusable bags. I love it! In my area, grocery stores are now required to charge a small fee per bag if they do supply bags. Its the way of the future!

    • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 25, 2010, 9:36 pm

      oh and my dorm looked like a prison btw…it was designed by someone who also designed prisons. go figure…LOL. They designed it so it would be hard for a riot to break out!

  • MaryBe February 25, 2010, 9:37 pm

    I would love to read that article when it’s done!
    We bring bags to the store too, we put them right back in the car so we don’t forget them. And I have a Timmy Ho’s travel mug that goes EVERYWERE with me
    Hope Maggie feels better

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 25, 2010, 9:39 pm

    That egg and cheese wrap looks so yummy! My roommate and I share milk and we always, always buy local or organic milk (preferably both!). Plus I save all of our #5 yogurt containers and take them to Whole Foods for recycling ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie Glissman February 25, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I’ve made a conscience effort to recycle everything, not just plastic and paper, but cans, tin foil, etc. Also, in Michigan we still get a deposit back for soft drink cans/bottles & beer so that’a a great way to help!

  • Gwen February 25, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I’ve been good about bringing my bags to the grocery store – also so much easier to carry! My new little thing is trying to use tupperware instead of plastic baggies for my lunch, or reuse the baggies a few days for some things. It means my lunchbox is a little more bulky and it’s just a little step but it’s something!

  • Matt February 25, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Right now I am working on saving power for financial reasons and economical reasons. Mostly financial ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Megan February 25, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Marquette University, my college, has new dorms that opened this year that are “green”. All of the new buildings opened this year and in the next few years are LEED approved.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 25, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Good topic! I was having a convo with a friend today on this.

    -we have started to bring bags to the store
    – recycling in our building starts next month (FINALLY!)
    – reuse baggies and lots of containers

    In April the fiance and I have decided to do at least 1 day a week where we are completely meatless. We already practice this on Friday for the season of Lent but we are going to continue it beyond Easter. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will admit…at this point, one day is a HUGE challenge for us.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 25, 2010, 9:51 pm

    The hubby and I always recycle paper (magazines, etc.) and we always bring our own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 25, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I’ve made it a point to buy locally as much as I can. The food is much fresher, and it uses so much less energy because it wasn’t transported all the way across the country.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 25, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Holy moly that wrap looks amaaaazing!!!

    I really like the idea of eating locally.. I honestly think I should make more of an effort than I do now. I use cloth bags as much as possible, though, to reduce plastic shopping bag waste.

  • Kayla@Wholesome February 25, 2010, 10:07 pm

    Caitlin-

    What kind of tortillas did you use with this wrap?

    • Caitlin February 25, 2010, 10:12 pm

      la tortilla smart and delicious whole wheat – they are only 100 calorie! which is nice because some can pack 300 + and they are delicious and don’t break.

  • BridgetP February 25, 2010, 10:09 pm

    We can’t put glass in our recycle bin, so we separate it and drive it to a recycling center about once a month.

    I didn’t have any awesome dorm rooms, but I did live in a dorm that used to be a convent, which I think is really ironic with all that stuff that went down in those rooms ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • emily February 25, 2010, 10:09 pm

    That wrap looks amazing! I always try to bring reusable bags to the store and we use our ac and/or heat as little as possible (even in Buffalo winters!).

  • Pam February 25, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I’m a lurker of yours ๐Ÿ˜ก but I’m delurking because I’ve had the desire to eat healthier, and the knowledge of what that means, but I didn’t know how to do it and still eat yummy foods. You’ve helped change that! Question: I hate instant oatmeal so I want to see if I like…noninstant? any more. I was just wondering how you usually cook your oats-just in a pan on the stove?

    As far as my green habits, I’ve kicked my husband’s butt onto the recycling band wagon with me, and I’m a huge fan of cloth sacks. Every little bit counts, right?

  • Jalita February 25, 2010, 10:16 pm

    That wrap looks really good! Do you follow a recipe or just throw things together on your own? I’m interested in making it if I had some directions or a recipe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Will you post your freelance article on this blog? I like learning about green things. I would like to more green. Some things I’m doing right now: recycling, turning the water off when I brush my teeth,..I’m sure there are other things. I really like to recycle and I wish my town had a better recycling program. I should use reusable shopping bags, but I always forget to bring them to the store!.

    • Caitlin February 25, 2010, 10:46 pm

      i dont really follow recipes because all of my meals are super simple. sometimes i make up recipes and post them on this page: http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

      i’ll link to the articles when they go up – it takes a while though!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story February 25, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I always bring my own bags to the store and I try to shop seasonably when I can. I also shop at the local farmer’s markets whenever possible.

  • Raya February 25, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I lived in Holland Hall the one year I went to Pitt (2000-01). All girls wasn’t super fun!! lol

  • Anne February 25, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Ohhh, the “cheese wedge” dorm rooms of Pitt! The rooms were so hard to decorate, but the environment was definitely fun!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' February 25, 2010, 10:34 pm

    I definitely bring my own bags when shopping– you get dirty looks out here in California if you don’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I also try to buy organic and local (if it’s affordable). I just watched the movie “Food, Inc.” last night, and it has totally inspired me to try eating seasonally, too!! I think shopping at a Farmer’s market would help me with that goal, so that’s next on the to-do list!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 25, 2010, 10:45 pm

    We recycle everything we can, we always bring our own bags when we go to stores (not just grocery), and we try to buy organic and local.

    So much more we could do, but we do make an effort!

  • Samanrha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 25, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I lived at home when I was in university so I never got the dorm experience. I LOVED living at home though so I don’t think I missed much

  • Katharine February 25, 2010, 11:53 pm

    I’m trying to work on using the reusable bags – it’s hard to remember! I always end up going to the store after work, and before I get home, so I’ve tried keeping them in the car. Hopefully that will work! It’s the little things that count. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allison @ Food For Healing February 25, 2010, 11:55 pm

    We try and remember our fabric grocery and produce bags when ever we go to the store. Its such a good way to save on plastic.
    We’ve also started buying a lot more organic.
    I recycle all our cans and bottles and as much paper and cardboard as possible.

  • Sarah February 26, 2010, 12:04 am

    I buy local eggs from someone just outside of town. They are truly free-range, I can SEE the chickens for myself! I can also get real, whole milk locally. It is not homogenized and extremely low heat pasteurized. I love supporting our local farms and the eggs and milk are SO amazing.

  • Angharad (Eating for England) February 26, 2010, 12:11 am

    We’re trying to be good about taking bags to the store as well but I keep forgetting! Arg.
    The husband and I also made a pact last year to buy all-organic produce and all-organic and free range animal products too. It’s tough sometimes with certain items but we feel good about it.

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl February 26, 2010, 12:17 am

    My freshman year I had reaaaaally nice dorms. They had 12 foot ceilings (no joke) and were probably 4x larger than the standard cubicle. I also shared a bathroom with my roommate and 2 suitemates. We controlled our air conditioning and heat also!

    I try not to use plastic water bottles and use a Sigg Water Bottle instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lizz February 26, 2010, 12:24 am

    We compost! With recycling and composting, our trash seems so minimal.
    I actually received an indoor composter as my anniversary gift last year (I was super excited about it). We were renting at the time, so we didn’t have a yard. Now we have tons of outdoor space and I can’t wait to get a garden started this spring!

  • John February 26, 2010, 12:25 am

    Trying to cut out buying bottled water. Bought 2 so far this year. So far so good.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 26, 2010, 1:06 am

    I had a two egg sandwich for lunch!

  • caronae February 26, 2010, 1:45 am

    An egg and cheese wrap sounds super nummy right now!
    One thing I do is walk everywhere that I can. I also buy mostly local free-range meat.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 26, 2010, 3:28 am

    I’m really into recycling all my own bags at the store now too, and I always recycle cans, paper, glass etc etc ๐Ÿ˜€ and I’ve started eating vegetarian a few more days a week which I think helps!
    Plus my car is tiny ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) February 26, 2010, 5:16 am

    This has inspired me to write about my own dorm rooms! They were neither green nor luxurious either….

  • christie, honoring health February 26, 2010, 6:36 am

    I am actually a pretty eco-friendly girl. I am just into that kind of thing, always have been. When I was young, before recycling trucks came to your house, my mom packed up the recycling once per week and took it to the local school. So, being green was kind of ingrained into my brain.

    I think maybe I will write a post on going green soon. Thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Annalisa February 26, 2010, 6:44 am

    We recycle everything, compost (i.e. throw scraps in a 2’x2 fenced in area in our yard), consciously turn lights off and use CFL lights when possible (if they fit into our lamps/fixtures), use limited water, I use glass “tupperware” for all my food, buy in bulk bins, buy fair trade when it makes sense, shop at the goodwill, do everything online/paperless statements, etc.

    Sadly, I don’t bring my own bags to the grocery store. We have a dog – ‘nuf said. However, Wegman’s (the greatest grocery store in the world!), uses 100% biocompostable bags.

  • jen trinque February 26, 2010, 7:46 am

    Oh Caitlin, you remind me of me ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel similar about eggs and cheese – in some ways I want to give them up, but in other ways I don’t. I just try to pick the best I can, organic, free range, vegetarian fed. You also remind me of me because you said you can’t get into the strength training challenge! I want to get into it, but cardio is so much more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 26, 2010, 8:08 am

    I try to buy my eggs local whenever I can, and make sure that they’re vegetarian fed. I love it when I can actually see the chickens roaming around. It makes me feel good about my choices. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Also, I limit my consumption of meat and make sure I know where I’m buying it from.

    • Sarah February 26, 2010, 10:32 am

      Chickens are omnivores just like us. When you read “vegetarian” on the label it just means they weren’t fed other animals as part of their food (icky!). But if they are really free-range then they’ll enjoy some tasty grubs and bugs as part of their diet which gives their eggs lots more nutrition. Yum!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 26, 2010, 8:12 am

    I got a water bottle so I don’t have to use plastic disposable ones at the gym! I bring my own grocery bags too, but now also to places like Target, etc.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly February 26, 2010, 8:37 am

    My husband and I have a compost bin that we use to recycle a lot of our food waste and then we transport it back into our garden soil. It is AMAZING…it has helped out garden and yard SO much!

  • Courtney February 26, 2010, 8:39 am

    I am proud owner of 2 Sigg bottles..no more plastic for me! I use my trader Joe reusable shopping bags at every store I go in.
    Courtney
    adventures in tri-ing

  • laura dishes February 26, 2010, 8:40 am

    The Towers… oh, I miss them! I lived in Tower B, on the third floor… insane that 7.5 years have gone by since then!

    I stopped buying bottled water and just use a reusable water bottle. Baby steps…

  • Abby February 26, 2010, 8:41 am

    Let’s hear it for pie-shaped rooms!! I was Tower A 15th floor, but all my friends were on the 16th floor, so I basically lived up there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Daniel February 26, 2010, 8:41 am

    I’ve been recycling every little thing that I can whenever the opportunity arises. I’ll even stop my roommate from throwing paper or plastics away so I can recycle them.

    And that egg and potato wrap looks soooooo goooooood!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit February 26, 2010, 8:48 am

    Compost! We produce a lot less trash now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristy February 26, 2010, 8:49 am

    You have such an amazing โ€œnatural glowโ€ in that picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 26, 2010, 9:01 am

    Love the picture of you in front of your dorms:) Ah college. Unfortunately my dorm my first year at ISU was just demolished ๐Ÿ™ But a new rec center is going up in its place!!

    We make sure to turn off all the lights, and unplug larger energy items. I also bring canvas bags to the store:)

  • Robyn February 26, 2010, 9:05 am

    Your b’fast burrito looks so good! I use all CFL lightbulbs and also try to avoid using shopping bags for my groceries when I can although I need to make use of my Baggu much more than I do.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 26, 2010, 9:12 am

    I love eggs.. so good! And quick and easy. I can’t believe people used to be afraid of them because of the fat in them. That wrap sounds great!

    I can’t really think of a change… I need to be better about the bags though!

  • Traci February 26, 2010, 9:13 am

    The way I see it with eggs and milk is that chickens will ALWAYS lay eggs and cows will ALWAYS produce (and need to be) milk(ed). Even if every person in the world stops eating meat, chickens will lay eggs and cows will make milk. So by consuming eggs and dairy, you are not forcing an animal to become a food source, merely using things it would naturally produce anyway. (Spoken as someone who used to help on a chicken farm and whose in-laws are cattle farmers.)

  • sarah February 26, 2010, 9:16 am

    I also have made it a habit to bring reusable bags when I actually started to get disgusted at the amount of plastic bags they would give me at the grocery store. I find they can fit all my food in four reusable bags and not 15 plastic bags!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    my bf gets so annoyed but when I buy produce I try not to put them all in separate plastic baggies…I just make the cashier weigh them sans bags as long as I separate everything for them.

  • Laura February 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    This made me think… I’m vegan (apart from my antiperspirant- vegan ones jut don’t work for me ;( ), so I hope that helps a bit, and take my own shopping bags around etc. I don’t drive, so have to get my little legs working a lot more. Our council takes our cardboard/boxes/papers, we have a compost heap and I donate my clothes to charity… oh and I try hard to stay away from palm oil, as most of it comes from areas of felled rainforest, when they do this they kill the orangatangs they find- hence why they are now seriously endangered ;( I saw a sad programme on it… I didn’t realise I did all this! Did you ever get scared about a fire breaking out when you were living that high in your college halls?!

    • Caitlin February 26, 2010, 12:10 pm

      my mother was SOOO paranoid about that.

      each floor and room was fire-proofed so it would be hard (but not impossible) from the fires to spread from floor to floor.

  • Rose February 26, 2010, 10:16 am

    Yum. I like the looks of that dinner!

  • alli February 26, 2010, 10:20 am

    that wrap looks delicious! i’m going to have to buy me some of those tortillas!
    i will leave my reusable shopping bags in my car to remind me to take them in the store with me. a few days ago i brought one with me but was distracted by getting out my coupons and debit card that i forgot to give them the bag ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth February 26, 2010, 10:39 am

    I gave up meat for Lent, which is a big step for me! I also have been reusing ziplock bags when I can, and always reuse takeout containers to bring lunch to work in!

  • Liz@TofuTastic February 26, 2010, 10:51 am

    As a reporter, I tend to have lots of print outs that I use once or twice and then throw out (recycled though). I decided to do even better and now use the other side to take notes on.

  • kace@no guts no glory February 26, 2010, 11:00 am

    I also do the reusable bags (and man are they way easier to use!) I am also now a nazi about turning off lights in the rooms I’m not in, put my computer on “eco friendly” mode (uses less electricity), taking shorter showers, and recycling everything. If I cant find a bin I bring my bottles home with me. Like we all said, baby steps, but it does make me feel good to do something nice for the planet!

  • Beth February 26, 2010, 11:06 am

    We eat 85% organic everythng at home, but i am a major foodie so we like to go out a ton too. My small change was that we only order meat at places that offer local, organic beef, chicken or fresh caught fish. If it isn’t on the menu we order something vegetarian. We have both actually been vegan and veggie, so we have some ethics ๐Ÿ˜‰ A year ago, i would have ordered that burger regardless after a few beers, but today the ethics come first!

  • Helen February 26, 2010, 11:09 am

    Hi Caitlin, I’ve just found your blog and it’s great. I love the way it’s set out. I also love the look of the egg, cheese, and roasted potato breakfast wrap you made!! I’m just wondering what sort of book you are writing? Is there a link to a post where you’ve talked about it? It sounds so interesting. Helen x

  • Amanda February 26, 2010, 11:27 am

    I also use reusable shopping bags. I have quite a colorful collection! I find that if the bags are kept right by the front door or in the car, it’s much easier to remember them.

    I’ve almost completed the switch to “green” cleaning products. I love Seventh Generation and method. Soon I’d like to try making my own cleaning products.

    You should watch “No Impact Man.”

  • Daryl February 26, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    Thought you might be interested this on green residences:
    http://www.queensu.ca/sustainability/news/vermicomposting.html

    Enjoy!

  • ashleigh February 26, 2010, 1:54 pm

    As a fellow vegetarian, I LOVE EGGS!!! They are one of my favorite foods and I pretty much eat them everyday. So easy, so tasty and full of protein! I don’t think I could ever give them up! On many days my life is 90% vegan so I’m fine with my egg addiction!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 26, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Ok, I’m definitely not an expert on this, but from what I understand, the best eggs you can pick are from “pastured” chickens. Cage-free means that they aren’t in cages, but that often means that they are hoarded into a small barn area and never let outside. They are often packed in so tight they don’t have space to move at all. So even though they aren’t in a cage, they still don’t have a place to roam about. These types of chickens are often called “vegetarian chickens” because they are kept inside and only fed grains, so they have no opportunities to eat ANY bugs that might make them non-vegetarians.
    It’s a little harder to find eggs from pastured chickens, but I’m trying to research this more.
    I think that you HAVE to do what is right for you and what works best for your lifestyle. It’s the only way! I think you’re doing an amazing job & helping the environment in lots of ways!

  • Nicci@NIftyEats February 26, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I love eggs and cheese to much to give them up. I have given up milk,in love with the Almond milk too.

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) February 26, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Those dorms look cool!

    OK, that egg, potato and cheese wrap looks divine, oh my goodness. I have to make one ASAP. As for one ethical/environmentally thing lately? Does buying Food Inc, book and movie and a few other books like that count? I really am intrigued at the vegetarian lifestyle so I’m getting closer.

    We have been using reusable grocery bags for quite some time now and love it. So much easier to carry stuff inside too!

  • Heather February 26, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I lived in tower A on the 16th floor my freshman year too!! haha

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