Can you go a whole week without buying plastics? An old friend of mine challenged us through facebook. (I’m ahead of you – I did the shopping yesterday before the I heard about the challenge.) That would include things wrapped or packaged in plastic. Oh.
That would have excluded two blocks of cheese, two boxes of strawberries, a bag of spinach and a head of lettuce that comes with its roots (Living Lettuce – fresher, keeps longer, wrapped in plastic, so natural.) I tried to give back the berry boxes, but the vendor didn’t want them. Those I can reuse by covering them with a scrap fabric liner, for hairclips or bobby pins. As for the plastic wrap – it’s not recyclable here.
The top of the cream container I bought has a plastic cap. The rest I can recycle when empty. I doubt if it is actually waxed cardboard – although wax is also a petroleum product, so it comes from the same source as the thin plastic they coat milk cartons with nowadays.
This is much harder than it looks. No cups of take-out coffee, no jumbo bottles of pop. We may have to drink wine and beer – the wine will have to have a screwtop rather than a cork and plastic overwrap, but I’m no wine snob.
No crisps or packets of biscuits for dear husband. I will have to bake.
I always take my own shopping bag, but sometimes I just about have to slap the clerk to keep her/him from using THEIR bag. I always seem to have a few in the house from lack of attention on my part.
It could become a habit if we survive the week without too many arguments.
The Dairy Queen ice cream cake for Father’s Day came in a big plastic dome on a big plastic plate. This, however, is non-negotiable.