Here's a rundown of my first week going plastic free .
Day 1: A shaky start. My well-meaning partner thought he'd surprise me with some delicious plastic-wrapped Vietnamese cold rolls. In his defence he was hours away from travelling interstate and plastic just wasn't in the forefront of his mind. I ate my cold rolls with a pang of guilt, although that didn't stop them from being delicious.
Later that evening I went to a gig, where I forgot that for safety reasons, the pub only serves drinks - even water - in plastic cups when a gig is on. After already making a mistake earlier in the day I decided to just go thirsty.
Day 2: I made my own almond milk, vegetable stock and pumpkin purée from the whole pumpkin I bought. This felt like penance.
Day 3, 4 and 5: I didn't buy anything, which is probably the easiest way to approach plastic-free July, but it's certainly not realistic to believe that's I can't keep this up for a whole month.
Day 6: I was tempted by some plastic-wrapped chocolate and purchased some foil and cardboard-wrapped chocolate instead. It was almost as delicious.
Day 7: Oh no! I've got about a week's worth of toothpaste left! At least I have a week to figure this one out.
I've learned so far to...
- Bring your drink bottle to the pub if there's a gig on so you can refuse a plastic cup. Chances are your bartender is lovely (they generally are) and will fill it up for you. If you've got a reusable plastic one kicking about, maybe bring that one as it's harder to accidentally injur people with it.
- Tell your friends and family. You'll most likely get kindness, support and some plastic-free tip offs. My sweet Mum thought of me and brought me some organic hazelnuts fresh from her trees, knowing that I'd find it hard to get local hazelnuts that aren't wrapped in plastic. Thanks Mum!
How did you go in your first week? Let us know in the comment section below.