How does your fridge stack up?

by Mama Chocolate on June 26, 2012

I can’t believe that I’m about to show you my fridge…in it’s natural, not-prepared-for-a-photoshoot state.

It’s not always this messy and packed, (I occasionally even clean the outside of it!) I had it pretty packed to get ready for leaving on our vacation, (I don’t usually have four gallons of milk in there for just the four of us.)

Okay, maybe it is usually this messy. But that’s okay. It means God is taking care of us and we have plenty to eat. (It may also mean that I don’t dump out yucky leftovers often enough.)

But I’m not posting this picture of my cluttery fridge just so you can feel better about your tidy one, (you’re welcome,) I’m putting this out there because I just did an inspection of the contents of my fridge to find out just how eco-friendly my shopping choices are, and I want you to think about the things in your fridge and compare to see how you stack up when it comes to your “green” choices.

For this “Fridge Hunt”, I was asked to take note of all the packaging of products in my fridge – the paper packaging, paper cartons, plastic packaging, and plastic cartons. How much of it is recyclable?

Did you know that paper cartons are one of the best choices available today for many of our refrigerated groceries? Light-weight, recyclable and made mainly from paper, (a renewable resource,) paper cartons help meet our present needs without compromising tomorrow’s resources.

Here are a few more of the many reasons to choose paper cartons:

  • Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise. In addition, cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
  • Packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside.
  • Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit or check with your local recycling program.
  • Cartons are made with renewable energy. More than 50 percent of the energy used to make the paper in Evergreen Packaging’s cartons comes from biomass.
  • Responsible forestry promotes new forest growth, and these forests help to diminish greenhouse gases. Forests remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in trees. In the US, due to both increases in the total area of forest land and increases in the carbon stored per acre, an additional 192 million metric tons of carbon are sequestered each year through responsible forest management programs nationwide. This offsets roughly 11% of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways.

So how did Mama Chocolate’s fridge stack up?

While I didn’t have very many paper cartons in there, (just buttermilk and whipping cream,) and only a few of the other packages I have in there are things I will be able to easily recycle, (we live out in the boonies with no recycling services,) I do try to choose options that I know I will reuse whenever possible.

In fact a few of the things you see in there now are already being reused – the egg cartons have been used several times already with our farm-fresh eggs, and the bag on the bottom shelf is a reused grocery sack, holding organic lettuce from our farmer’s market.

The Greek yogurt cartons will be reused for freezing things like minced garlic or cookie dough.  And we’re slowly starting to transition the whole family to raw milk, which means we’ll be getting it in our reusable glass jars, and completely eliminating milk jugs.

So, how does your fridge stack up? What are you doing to reduce, reuse and recycle? Will you start choosing the paper carton option instead of what you used to buy?

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*Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Danielle H June 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I had no idea that paper cartons were so much better for the environment and for our health…. and sadly my fridge has none of them inside right now. I will definitely have to take that into consideration next time I go shopping! I also love all the other ways you mentioned reusing packaging that things come in – definitely gonna try some of those too. Thanks for sharing!
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Roxanne D. June 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Wow, that is definitely eye-opening. There are always new ways to become more eco-conscious and this is such an easy way to do so. We are definitely going to pay more attention to the types of products we buy from now on and try to purchase more cartons!
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Amanda June 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I am glad my fridge isn’t the only one that looks like that. I like the idea of reusing the yogurt cartons for freezing. We are able to recycle them here, but I may start saving them for freezing instead!


mari July 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

My fridge is not as full! We have live simply and minimally! We have the same grocery every week and we have lots of savings by sticking to our grocery list! We also have a organic garden that me and my family loves to take care!
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