How easy will it be to not use any single use items this month? I was thinking that for me it shouldn't be too hard, if I fail it would be because I am too tight to buy a plastic free alternative but now I'm not so sure.
I do use plasic, I reuse plastic containers, drink bottles, bags...I even rinse and reuse plastic straws if the grandchild wants one. I have an assortment of reusable bags for shopping but quite often forget to take them into the shop so sometimes I do accept a plastic bag when at the checkout. If I don't go shopping this month then these wont be needed and I do keep the reusable bags in the car so there is no reason except lazyness to take a plastic one. I have put a couple of scrunched up bags in my handbag so that I have no excuse if I need to buy a few things. If it's just a couple of things then of course no bag is needed anyway.
At home I use plastic containers for storing stuff in the fridge or freezer but I have been thinking about this challenge and there is a lot of meat and fish in the freezer in plastic bags that will be thrown out when we eat the food. But we can't not eat any of it so there will be bags that need throwing away. If husband wasn't home it would be easier as I would eat less meat and more lentils from the glass canisters but he is home and I will need to feed him and he wont want lentils every night...Or at all...
I always take a bottle of water with me when I leave the house, never buy bottled water or other drinks. We rarely buy takeaway food, occasionally hot chips and they are wrapped in paper. We don't buy a lot of processed foods so there wont be much plastic from that and we grow most of our fruit and veg so don't need plastic bags there. I don't buy takeaway coffee. We grow and kill our own meat and chicken and catch fish but it is all bagged up in plastic before it is put in the freezer.
Husband uses quite a lot of one-use plastic. Coke bottles, plastic wrapping on his smokes, he buys screws and stuff that is wrapped in plastic. After talking about this challenge he has agreed to try and choose an alternative if he remembers and there is one. Coke can be bought in cans instead of plastic bottles...this will cost more though as the 2 litre bottles of coke are a lot cheaper and he drinks a lot of coke.
It is going to be an interesting experiment. I think we do OK already, great compared to most people we know but it seems that there is plenty of room for improvement.
Hi I live in the Peel Region of WA. We grew all our vegetables during 2010 and will do the same this year but I also want to get fit enough to wander the countryside, climb big rocks and swim in
lakes and rivers.