Summer is in full swing and sadly, to me, it feels like it’s half over. I always consider summer a brief 10 week experience (now that we have kids in school), but that’s my own issue.
Anyhow, while I’ve been out and about with my family enjoying the “first half”, one thing keeps catching my eye… Styrofoam coolers. I almost can’t believe that these things still exist. I understand that they are a matter of convenience, but with some forethought, it’s easy to be prepared and no one should ever need a ‘single use’ cooler. It pains me to see them sitting next to garbage cans and knowing that they’ve become trash. And I imagine that after purchasing a few Styrofoam versions, you could probably own a decent cooler of your very own.
My mom actually taught me the amazing insulating ability of newspaper. Layers of newspaper, wrapped around whatever you need to keep cold in transit, does an incredible job of holding the cold. This trick even works to keep items hot. I used newspaper to keep our kids’ baby food warm when we went out to dinner, so they could have their food right along with us. And the best part is that afterward, it can be recycled instead of thrown in the trash.
I just really want Styrofoam coolers to disappear! The problem is this… even if they disappear from store shelves, they still won’t disappear – they’ll live on in a landfill for about 500 years!