Are you doing the Plastic Free July challenge? Week 2 brought some new and tricky situations.
The supermarket situation
I had the displeasure of getting my fresh veggies and fruit from the supermarket. It wasn't my first choice but a migraine affected my eyesight over the weekend and left me unable to drive (I know it's a strange and personal way to start this post but I wanted to get across my lack of options at the time). It was a most underwhelming experience to say the least.
All the pre-cut vegetables, organic produce and most of the leafy greens were enveloped in an insidious layer of plastic. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I noticed the unnecessary plastic tags rubber-banded around almost everything else (what is with that?). Needless to say, my meal planning for the week was all for nothing anew I tried to work out what I was going to eat. Kale? No. Silverbeet? Guess again. Carrots with actual carrot tops? Nope - there goes the carrot top pesto 🙁.
I came home from the grocery shopping tired, cranky and with a lighter shopping bag that I'd hoped.
The toothpaste situation
I was getting dangerously low on toothpaste and didn't quite know what to do. I tried all the shops around Hobart that I could think of but that sneaky plastic cap could not be avoided. The lovely staff at Goulds were supportive of my quest and reminded me that I could make some myself. I’d previously been looking at recipes online, but the sheer magnitude of recipes and conflicting advice thrown around had me feeling rather confused. The good people at Goulds reassured me that I could do it and I left feeling elated.
I decided to go with a recipe on the Plastic Free July website titled Jess’ Recipe and was surprised by how quick and easy it was to whip up. I tried it for the first time on Thursday evening. The bicarb flavour and lack of foaming took a little bit of getting used to but it worked fine and I woke the next morning still feeling relatively mouth-fresh, except for my gums which were inflamed and feeling a bit tender. Maybe my mouth needs to get used to it, maybe my brushing was too aggressive or maybe it's not the right recipe for me. Time will tell and I'm not going to dismiss it just yet.
Mere hours after whipping up a batch of DIY toothpaste, Digital Dandy reached out over instagram and introduced me to Herbae Thylacini, a Bruny Island based company that creates herbal tooth powder with plastic free packaging! I've since ordered some online and hope to be able to use it soon. Made by a botanically-inclined pharmacist and flavoured with sage and lemon myrtle, I'm looking forward to trying this out!
Top plastic-saving tips from this week:
- Don't get your fresh produce from the supermarket if you want to avoid plastic/enjoy your life.
- If you're in Hobart, rejoice and get your delicious dried herbs in bulk and plastic free at Goulds! I was reminded of this merry fact when I popped in to talk about toothpaste.
- Connect with clever people online, they might just be your next fairy god mother/tooth fairy.