Eeek! There’s nothing like the sight of a plastic-covered beach to put our plastic addiction into perspective. I did the Plastic Free July challenge last year and am doing it again this year, blogging my progress weekly. I’ve kept up many of the plastic free habits I made last year, but plastic still creeps in to my life at times of weakness. Weaknesses include when my parents drop by and I haven’t baked anything for afternoon tea, when all I want to do is eat Indian food at home in my pjs or when I’m craving some delicious dairy (I’ve been meaning to buy a yoghurt maker for a whole year and still don’t have one). These times of weakness occur far more frequently than I’d wish to admit, so now is the perfect opportunity to do another plastic cleanse.
Before I spend the next 4 weeks sharing my Plastic Free July experiment with you, I‘d like to acknowledge my privilege. I don’t have any children or dependents begging for plastic wrapped things - unless you count a partner who demands a tub of ice cream every now and then. I also don’t eat much dairy or any meat, which makes the whole plastic-free journey a whole lot easier. With bulk food stores like Eumarrah and Farm Gate Market in Hobart, it doesn’t take me too much extra effort. I also have a pretty flexible working schedule which means that I can get to the farmers market and bulk food stores when they’re open. How lucky am I?! I understand that going plastic free comes with many challenges and I’m not here to judge, just to share my experiences with you.
Will you be joining me? Say hello in the comments below! If going cold turkey is too much right now, the Plastic Free July website gives many ideas on how to go plastic free. You could pick up litter on the beach once a week, give up plastic takeaway options or try to avoid plastics that end up in your recycling bin (bonus points if you put your soft plastics into a Redcycle bin). Every little bit counts and I‘m right here with you.