I’ve covered this before, funnily enough in July! I was very good, I avoided all sorts of plastic I otherwise took for granted but then as the year wore on I fell off the bandwagon. So I thought I would assess how much I had managed to stick to. I was pleasantly surprised.
- Stainless steel straws. I have struggled to get the girls on board with this but small steps. If I go out I take my own straw.
- Glass coffee cup. I don’t have takeaway cups anymore.
- Stainless steel lunch box
- Bamboo cutlery, none of that nasty and easily snapped plastic rubbish thank you 🙂
- Enameled mugs, plates and bowls for picnics.
- Portable BBQ, we have a lot of BBQs on holidays and now we don’t need to buy disposable ones. We even have our own flint but that is a bit hardcore!
- Beeswax food wrap. I made my own, but you can easily buy it now.
- Leftovers always go in a bowl not in foil or cling film
- Stainless steel wineglasses. We still have glass ones, but these are the every day ones. Less broken glass. Also much nicer for picnics.
- Onya vegetable bags rather than plastic bags at the greengrocer/supermarket. This has caused a bit of a stir at some tills, but so far nobody other than a chap in Romania has actually refused to let me use them.
- Who gives a crap bamboo loo roll and kitchen paper. It comes wrapped in paper not plastic (which makes excellent wrapping paper for people who don’t mind the words!) Also they donate 50% of profits towards building loos in the Developing World. So win win. I also have reusable kitchen roll which is fab. It is sadly in a plastic box because all the metal ones were HUGELY overpriced. I’m still looking.
- I keep all my paper bags. Very useful for ripening fruit and vegetables and storing mushrooms.
- I think it goes without saying that I never travel without my parachute Onya shopping bag. No plastic bags thank you.
- We rarely drink fizzy drinks but we do drink a lot of fizzy water. I have a Sodastream now.
- I mainly drink loose leaf tea and make my own herbal teas. Most (not all) teabags contain plastic.
- I bulk buy and refill wherever possible. Sadly much that I bulk buy still comes in plastic (washing liquids, oils in particular) I’m working on that.
- Compost, compost, compost. We had to build a new compost bin so I am starting from scratch and it will be a year or so before I have my own compost supply, but when I do I will not need big plastic bags of compost.
Where I have not done so well.
- Animal feed. All bar the chicken pellets come in big plastic sacks.
- Even bulk buying liquids means I have to buy in plastic even if I am buying less plastic than if I bought individually.
- I tried a bamboo toothbrush and still use it for travelling but I couldn’t give up my non-compostable electric one.
- All toothpaste comes in plastic whether it is paste or powder.
- We can’t get milk in glass or waxed card containers.
- I have fallen up on buying pre-packed food (meat, vegetables, cheese, deli produce) I need to get back on the wagon again.
- I stopped making my own bread, yoghurt, kefir on a regular basis.
- I haven’t been very good at keeping cardboard boxes and so have often used plastic postage envelopes for parcels.
Still not bad, plenty of room for improvement but now I can see where I have to work.
Why don’t you give it a go too Plastic Free July.