Did you know July is No Plastic July! I’ve been reading about WestyWrites gearing up for the challenge and I’m already so impressed with Zero-Waste Chef’s continuing mission to cut out all plastic from her life.
We are not quite ready to ditch plastic entirely, but I’d like to get closer to making it a possibility. With that in mind I’ve spent the last week or two looking at our shopping (and basically being horrified by the amount of plastic in our lives – even if almost all of it is recycled). The green mantra of Reduce Reuse Recycle is, as you probably know, actually a hierarchy. Reducing is better than Reusing, Reusing is better than Recycling.
With this all in mind I’ve decided on 5 ways we can start reducing plastic in our lives and our shopping trolley – which we are going to trial in July.
1. Crisps and Savory snacks.
We always have a couple of bags of Tortilla chips and some Krackawheat (wholewheat crackers which are probably not as healthy as they sound!) or other savory snacks in the house. So for July I’m going to try making my own instead. Cheese Straws, homemade crackers etc. I’ll be looking out for recipes and hopefully trying to persuade Josh we can at least move away from the Krackawheat (if not the Tortilla chips!).
2. Toothbrush – Josh and I use and electric one which I’m not ready to give up yet (advice from my Dentist – you don’t want to know that much about my dental health!) but R’s little toothbrush will need replacing soon. I’ve seen some lovely bamboo ones kicking about which you can compost at the end of their life and I’m going to try and find one suitable for him.
3. Yoghurt – R and I eat a lot of Yoghurt and it is about time I started making it. I’m planning on combining a number of recipes I’ve seen including here and here. I’ll still be buying milk in plastic for now (but researching alternatives) which means if I make yoghurt I’ll be buying milk in bigger plastic jugs which use more plastic. But I reckon a) this is still less plastic that buying milk AND yoghurt and b) they can be repurposed into scoops and other items which the smaller jugs are no use for. So I’ll get a reuse out of the plastic instead of a straight recycle and I’ll be getting less overall.
4. Bottled drinks.
This is a real guilty confession of mine. I love fizz. Fizzy water, fizzy pop etc. (that is Soda in the US) and I drink a non-negligible amount of it (how much I’m not prepared to disclose!). Basically I still have the beverage tastes of a child and I love the way the bubble pop on my tongue. I’m not quite ready to give up some cans of diet coke (yet!) but I will not buy any drinks in plastic bottles and I won’t buy 6 packs of diet coke (or similar) wrapped in plastic for July. More water in my lovely Sigg water bottle and more herbal tea!
We have a lot of sinks in this house (6!) and I keep soap for handwashing by all of them. Having a baby means handwashing and every other kind of washing is constantly required. I mostly try and use bars of soap – less packaging and lasts longer. But two of the sinks can’t take a bar of soap because of the location of the taps, size of the sink etc. So we use a bottle of handwash in a plastic bottle. I try and use Ecover, but there is still a lot of plastic waste. So thanks to a tip from the Zero Waste Chef I’m going to try and make my own handwash this month using this link. It won’t be plastic free as I’ll be re-using a plastic dispenser. But it hopefully means I won’t have to buy any more plastic bottles (even refills!)
This blog now reads like a total plug for the Zero Waste Chef – but it is only because her blog is so damn informative! I can’t help it.