V~Into: June 2023
Celebrating Plastic Free Month
On a mission to counter climate change, we're honoring plastic-free month (and every month) with our continuous commitment to providing our community with pantry essentials packaged in zero waste, compostable (or reusable) pouches, jars + bottles. Fun fact: Did you know that even the tamper bands on our Avocado Oils are 100% plastic-free?
To celebrate the global movement, we're also sharing eight recipes, movies, community activities, artists, tips + more, so you can join #plasticfreejuly, too.
Small Swaps, Big Change: Zero Waste Tips
Incorporating zero waste practices into your daily life might feel overwhelming at first, but with a few approachable tips (like the ones below), they’ll soon become plastic-free habits. No matter how big or small the changes are, each and everyone counts.
- Reusable Totes: Carry a reusable tote or bag(s) with you when visiting the farmer’s market, picking up flowers, or supporting local shops.
- Avoid Plastic Storage Bags: Swap single-use Ziploc bags for reusable ones that can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. Bonus points: they never run out. We absolutely love Stasher bags for leftover foods, snacks on the go, or even leftover wine.
- Reusable Water Bottles: Invest in a sturdy reusable water bottle that eliminates the need or use of single-use plastic bottles. Best part? They often keep your drinks cold (or hot) for hours.
- Support Plastic-Free Businesses
Root-to-Stem: Bright Fennel Salad
Curb this heat with our favorite type of summer recipe – no fuss, all-flavor, and zero-waste. Enter our Root-to-Stem Fennel Salad, which uses every inch of the vegetable—from lemon-dressed shavings to roasted stems. Use this recipe as a jumping off point, top this with whatever inspires you or serve alongside an entree for a summer dinner party.
Art of Repurposing: Lina Puerta
Drawing from her experience as a Colombian-American, New York-basedLina Puerta’s art examines the relationship between nature and human consumption and engages in themes of food justice, hyper-consumerism, and ancestral knowledge. In her sculptures, installations, collages, and wall hangings, Lina combines found, personal, and recycled materials that she sources in her everyday life, whether she’s exploring the city’s streets or visiting a local creative reuse center.
Impactful Read: Ingredients for Revolution: A History of American Feminist Restaurants, Cafes, and Coffeehouses
Ingredients for Revolution collects the stories of feminist restaurants for the first time. A revolution that began with the 1972 opening of Mother Courage in New York, with 230 more cafes, coffeehouses, and restaurants to follow. This study celebrates the vital role these institutions played in the fight for women’s liberation, LGBTQ equality, and food justice.
Get Involved: Join or Host a Community Clean-Up
Make a real and immediate impact on the environment and your community by joining or hosting a clean-up at a local park or beach. For clean-ups happening in your area, check social media, local event listings, or find a clean-up directory likethis one.
Must-Watch: The Story of Plastic
"The Story of Plastic" is a gripping exposé that uncovers the harsh reality of plastic pollution. Unlike other plastic documentaries you may have seen, this film takes you on a journey through time, revealing how we ended up in this global plastic crisis and how the oil and gas industry played a sneaky role in shaping the narrative. From drilling for fossil fuels to the challenges of plastic disposal, witness the inspiring global resistance fighting against this urgent environmental issue. This eye-opening, Emmy-winning documentary will transform how you view one of the planet's most pressing problems.
Effortless Entertaining: west~bourne + friends playlist
A hosting essential that’s entirely plastic-free and requires no shopping? A vibey playlist to set the mood of any gathering and encourage conversation. Curated by our team and village, thewest~bourne + friends playlist is made by us for you and will have guests asking, “Can you share the playlist with me?”
Sustainable Snacks: Better Together Bundle
Snack your way to a better planet with our naturally gluten-free, regeneratively sourced, and sustainably-packaged Better Together Bundle to satisfy any of your sweet and savory cravings. Not only are our Togarashi Crunch and Spiced Goji Berry Crunch craveable, but they’re also sustainably packaged and 100% home compostable, thanks to our resealable vegan pouches, made of sustainably sourced wood cellulose and other bio-based resins. We call that a win, win.