Tink here. Right now, while no one is on the road and I’m spending most of my day in front of the computer, I’m getting by pretty easily in my home office with my ceramic mug and favorite plate. My tally of single-use plastics – my own particular focus – so far in Feb is 0. But I’m not bragging, that doesn’t count the fact that our dinner was leftovers (of ingredients originally packaged in plastic).
I also got lucky yesterday. No restaurants, no trips to Office Max. I already had my own ceramic “to-go” cup, so the coffee shop and meetings were no problem. At trivia night last night, I ordered a drink but asked the barkeep to use a real glass instead of the Styrofoam cup, and no plastic stir stick. Too easy. I’m getting off easy so far, I know, I know! But it’s only day 2 and I mostly work at home, so we have not really yet begun to get into it.
Many of you are already way ahead of me on [growing and storing your own food], but earlier this week I was forced to take note that our taco night was basically brought to you by the sponsor Plastic.
As far as plastics usage goes, overall, our leftovers last night were a bit of an undoing – since they had (on Jan 31) been put into plastic containers in the fridge. So because of #2 on Rodale’s three short rules, we took care to reheat them in ceramic bowls and not the plastic. Though wait till you see what those foods were packaged in, originally, at the store.
I notice the teabags for the tea I’m drinking today are all wrapped in paper, yay. But the local honey I added was in a plastic squeeze bottle. The sploosh of milk I put in was from a plastic jug. For the milk, this particular local dairy does not do any other packaging, so I’ll need to make a decision the next time I buy: which is more important to me, the local organic low-pasteurization dairy, or the plastic. At the grocery store we have other organic milk options in cartons, though of course the pour spouts are plastic.
For the honey, I should look to see if this particular honey (our favorite, and local) also comes in bulk or at least larger containers. I could also contact the company to find our whether I could take a clean glass jar to them for refill? Perhaps they have a retail location with bulk or fill-your-own honey? I recall something like this when I was a kid, going to the health food store with mom. I’ll let you know what I find out.
My oatmeal this morning comes in a cardboard container but the lid is plastic. That’s not necessarily single-use, but I’m trying to become aware of it every time I touch plastic, and because our friends at Rodale are concerned with plastic in contact with food, I am noting it – even if I can’t fix it today. I can be aware of it next time I buy.
Short-term, I still expect my biggest obstacle to be the grocery store run later this week. I know that with a long-term plan, by growing and storing more of my own food, I will encounter less plastic at the store simply because I’ll be at the store less. Many of you are already way ahead of me on that, but earlier this week I was forced to take note that our taco night was basically brought to you by the sponsor Plastic.
And as I’ve mentioned, there’s air travel towards the end of the month and that will be quite interesting! I hope by then I’ve learned a few tricks and can at least cut way down on my plastic use and waste.