Name: Maya Donenfeld
Online Home: maya*made
My Green Resolution: My goal for 2011 is to minimize the extra food packaging that comes into my kitchen. There are many ways to make thoughtful earth-friendly choices throughout each day. How and what I feed my family is an important reflection of my values. Although there are many shades of green along the eco spectrum, we consider ourselves fairly conscious…My husband and I have been involved in the natural foods movement for over 20 years, we eat a local, organic and primarily vegetarian diet filled with homegrown food from our own garden or our CSA which is only a couple of miles away. We also stay away from paper and plastic, buy in bulk, and recycle. These are all important practices that are gaining popularity as they hit the mainstream. However, there are always room improvement and growth. As a mother of a busy household, I’ve come to rely too heavily on easy and accessible snacks for my children. Sure, they’re organic and fairly healthy, but that's a lot of extra packaging we’re adding to the recycling bins. Even though I’ve come up with amazing ways to repurpose those cracker boxes, it's still time for a change.
This New Year, I plan to focus on creating our own snacks. As an avid baker, I’ve made everything from crackers and pretzels to granola bars. In the past, these were for special occasions or on a whim. Now, I will be making them our common practice… our new habit. I’ll be sure to share my kitchen adventures as I perfect our favorite recipes.
(Images: Maya Donenfeld)
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Maya Donenfeld lives with her husband and two children in an old farmhouse in upstate New York. She writes a green crafting and lifestyle blog, maya*made, which won last year’s Best Green Home Design blog in AT Homies Awards. Her work is frequently featured in magazines, including every issue of Stampington’s Green Craft. Maya’s patterns and products, made from repurposed and salvaged materials, can be found in her online shop.