Well, it is a week into to Plastic Free July and I decided that rather trying to to buy any plastic for the whole month, I would simply shop and live as I do on a regular basis and try to capture a true picture of my plastic consumption.
Having our own vegetable garden and fruit trees certainly helps.
Orange juice ready to freeze.
Yesterday I took a Weck jar when I went to buy feta cheese at the deli counter of the local IGA. This was a definite win, but only after reminding the attendant to weigh the jar before filling it. A reminder that this is not yet the norm and you need to be ever vigilant to ensure that your plastic-free attempts are not hijacked by well-meaning staff.
Fruit and vegetable shopping is relatively easy to achieve plastic-free, particularly if you choose local, seasonal produce as much as possible.
Here is what I bought today.
The supermarket is a very different story. The items I bought today represent the majority of what I buy at the supermarket. By its very nature, everything is packaged. The cans are recyclable as is some of the plastic but, as we know, recycling should be the last resort.
There was also a bottle of vinegar which did not make it into the first photo.
We make at least some of our food from scratch which helps to eliminate some plastic packaging. These include bread, pizza bases, tomato sauce and peanut paste.
These pizza bases are partly pre-cooked and ready to be frozen. The plastic wrap is old cereal packets which have been washed and re-used many times.
I am far from perfect when it comes to Plastic Free July (or any other time for that matter) but by making and growing some of our own food, having virtually no takeaway and not shopping for recreation we are fairly successful at limiting our single-use plastic consumption.
Are you participating in Plastic Free July? How is it going?
Remember, there are no failures – just increased awareness. And that is a good thing.