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    Ruth Evenhuis
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My first week of Plastic Free July 2018

Day 1

After a big Sunday sleep-in followed by some quick meal planning for the week, I made my way to Farm Gate Market. I was too late to pick up bread which had sold out (whoops!) but managed to get a couple of glass bottles of Elgaar milk and a jar of Elgaar yoghurt, along with some fresh veggies and apples. So far, so good.

 

Day 2

My partner suffered without bread. He made his concerns known.

 

Day 3

I threw my cash around like a zero waste gangster at Eumarrah, buying bread, tea, flours, dates, tamari, tahini and even some dark chocolate covered ginger. I remembered to bring jars from home for the tamari and tahini, which made me quite proud, although I did get some strange looks from people as I walked down the street, clinking and clunking with a bag full of glass jars. 

 

 

Days 4 and 5

I didn’t buy anything, which is definitely the easiest way to avoid plastic, although I only kept it up for a couple of days.

 

Day 6

I had some posting to do and managed without plastic, although I did spend extra on the parcel to avoid plastic. It was a reminder that going plastic free not only takes some extra planning, often it also costs extra money. This sucks.

 

Day 7

Another spend-free, plastic free day. 

 

Week 1 highlights and musings

I’m feeling confident so far that I’ll be able to make it through this month plastic free, but it’s early days and I’m sure I’ll come across a challenge or two before the month is up.

Let me know if I’m being cynical, but have you noticed that plastic free alternatives are often marketed and priced as luxury item? Is this done to make ‘green’ enticing to the consumer? I get it, but I also worry that we are excluding a lower SE market by not only making plastic free more expensive but also by making plastic free seem unattainable.

The daily plastic culprits like plastic shopping bags, produce bags, coffee cups, straws and plastic water bottles are not expensive to refuse or replace, it just takes a bit of practice before it becomes second nature. I worry that people who can’t afford to go completely plastic free aren’t making these small, daily changes because the lifestyle we’re selling seems out of reach. Just a thought.

How have you been going with your plastic free July challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Author avatar
    Ruth Evenhuis
  • HobartIntentional livingPlastic Free Julyzero waste

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