When I start something new, I always want to go out and buy everything new, fresh and ready. But, with this challenge I am going to resist these urges for a couple of reasons:
- Throwing out plastic items which are perfectly good and usable creates unnecessary waste
- I am hoping that I will save money in the long run ~ it would be a waste of my money ~
I am instead planning to replace items as and when they run out – giving me a chance to have a look into the alternatives available to the items I currently use.
As most of my plastic waste comes from food packaging, the first area I am focusing on is reducing my waste in the kitchen.
In order to do this I am firstly eating all the foods which are in plastic. This includes foods such as frozen chips and peas, crisps and chocolate. Once I have finished the plastic covered food I will decide whether I want to switch to a more eco version (e.g. plastic vs glass bottle of ketchup) or find alternatives such as roasted chickpeas rather than a packet of crisps.
My first trip to a zero waste store
There is a zero waste store in my town, less than a 5 minute walk from my flat. Before visiting I looked online at their stock list so I knew what was available. I assumed that they provide brown paper bags which I would be able to use when purchasing my goods, which I could later transfer into my glass containers. Unfortunately, they did not supply paper bags. I was told that I could use some of the old jars which others had left for unprepared people like me. Instead of using the jars available I decided to quickly pop home and use jars which I already own. Upon my return to the shop I purchased some popcorn kernels, split peas, dried apricots and spaghetti (which luckily came wrapped in brown paper as I do not have a long enough jar to store this in).
I am only two weeks into this journey and I am in no way perfect at not buying plastic. The main issues I have come across are plastic from deliveries and foods such as cereal and bread.
- I know that oats can come in paper but in my opinion cereal and porridge are two different things and I am on the hunt for a plastic free cereal.
- I thought that bakeries in supermarkets supplied brown paper bags for bread but most use plastic or a mixture of paper and plastic.
However, I’m sure there will be a solution for ~ most ~ problems I encounter on this journey.
Until next time, Susan.