Here's how I've fared over the past week sans plastic:
Today I challenged myself to get the rest of my ingredients from the supermarket. Coles has a self serve bulk food section, but supplies it with plastic zip lock bags (why?), so I just filled up my reusable onya bags instead. Truth be told they weren’t as delicious as the produce from Eumurrah but given my busy week, it saved me so much time and effort to get the rest of the groceries on foot on my walk home rather than driving in to the city during business hours. Below is a picture of my weekly haul, minus the Farmer's market veggies I'd already cooked with.
Other things I’ve managed to get from the supermarket sans plastic include canned goods, pasta, bi carb, pickles, vinegars, condiments, oils, flour, fruit and vegetables.
I broke the rules today. I bought a rain jacket from Recycle Boutique, which (you guessed it) is made from plastic. I justified this purchase to myself because I need one and I’ve been looking for a raincoat for months. From the dorky peaked cap to it's impressive pack-down size, it's exactly what I’ve been looking for and being second hand, no new plastic is coming into the world. I know it’s a bit naughty but at the moment I can’t find a plastic free alternative that fits all of my requirements.
I resisted the 1/2 price dark chocolate tim tams (such a guilty pleasure) and bought a block of chocolate wrapped in al foil and paper instead. It was delicious and by the time I got home I'd forgotten all about the tim tams, it was only when I was prompted to blog about it that I remembered again. Is this the start of a change of habit?
Day 19, 20 and 21
No new purchases and no new plastic in my life. Fingers crossed I can keep this up for the rest of the month.
Week 3 highlights and musings
I’ve been very anti plastic in these posts, but there are many benefits that have come from the creation of plastic. Plastics have helped advance medical sciences and play an important role in our modern health care system. Not that I think there isn’t room for hospitals and medical specialists to move towards reducing plastic usage and waste, but from specialised medical equipment to keeping a sterile environment, plastic plays a part. Plastic has become a very handy material for the construction of camping (hello perfect rain coat!) and safety gear, aeroplanes and cars. Plastic has also made the tech revolution possible, for which I am very grateful.
Maybe one day humanity will develop a plastic free alternative that is kinder to the environment but for now, I don’t think we’ll be able to completely eliminate plastic usage in the near future. The problem is that the majority of plastics made today are for packaging (Geyer, Jambeck and Lavender Law, 2017), which doesn't seem right to me. Don't you think plastic packaging (for the most part) could be avoided with some simple swaps and a bit of a mindset change? What do you think?
Geyer, R., Jambeck J. R., Lavender Law, K. (2017). Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made. Science Advances, [online] Volume 3(7), e 1700782. Available at: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/7/e1700782.full