I woke up this morning in Grand Rapids Michigan, the sun was shining and the air was clean. I took a shower, grabbed my compost bin that I have been collecting since I left New York, and headed to the Fulton Street Farmers Market. Using my reusable bags I picked up some blueberries (jam to be made later), herbs, beets, and summer squash. I snacked on the blueberries as we drove to The Sparrows coffee shop. Then I headed to the beach.

Outfit today: Black shorts, black sweater, black sandals. Bathing Suit.

Breakfast: 1 latte and a shared sourdough cinnamon bun from Field & Fire Bakery. I picked up some bread and donuts as well (package free) from a local bakery. We asked for them to hand us the bread without any packaging, they were so into it!

Lunch: A beach picnic!

Dinner: Grilled some beautiful vegetables from the Fulton Street farmers market!


  1. Love that you are in GR! If you are around for a while, I highly recommend checking out Bartertown Diner—a plant based restaurant that uses local farmers, as well as their sister restaurant next door CVLT Pizza. They love it when clients bring in their own containers for to-go meals, and usually offer a discount. Nourish Organic Market is also fabulous, with the only real bulk grocery in town.

  2. Yes, I love that you are sharing your journey (literally and figuratively! Thanks! One question — you say you took your compost bin with you. Was that just to collect your daily compostables in? What are you planning to do with it as you travel?

  3. I'm a 52 year old woman and seeing you darling young gal walk so gently on the earth gives me so much hope for the world my grandchildren will live in. Way to go!!! Thanks for these types of posts – so informative.

  4. Hi Lauren,
    I'd just like to firstly state … you are amazing!! Super interesting reading all your posts πŸ™‚ I am just wanting more info on your wardrobe .. I understand you buy all secondhand but do you have any tips for how you search out the 'quality' peices? For instance do you search brands or certain fabrics? Any further tips would be amazing πŸ™‚

  5. i recently discovered you Lauren and am so impressed, you are doing what i have been trying to do for over 46 years. i love your "Life Without Plastic" bags, where can i get them? If they are organic, that is always my choice when buying anything new.

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