Plastic Challenge - Day 3

 

Angela

Baked Ciabatta from a paper packet yesterday ready for this morning but it didn’t last long so I went to the nearest bakery and purchased two loaves unsliced so I could bring home in a paper bag.

Plastic Free Bread

Back to the co-op today and the deli counter left out the plastic as per my request. Brought home slices of turkey and cheese plastic free in paper bags. A big win with a cooked chicken that also came home in just a brown paper bag. Opted for some tinned apricots as the fruit selection was limited with bananas being pretty much the only choice.

Back to the co-op today and the deli counter left out the plastic as per my request. Brought home slices of turkey and cheese plastic free in paper bags. A big win with a cooked chicken that also came home in just a brown paper bag. Opted for some tinned apricots as the fruit selection was limited with bananas being pretty much the only choice.

A big win with a cooked chicken that also came home in just a brown paper bag. Opted for some tinned apricots as the fruit selection was limited with bananas being pretty much the only choice.

I feel we’ve done well so far using what we already have and only buying plastic free but we’re not completely plastic free. I am still using washing up liquid from a bottle albeit a refillable bottle that we replenish from a much larger Eco-Leaf Container in the garage. It’s a reasonable compromise but it’s not plastic free.

The thing I am most realising is that the packaging industry needs to take responsibility here and the individual brands to make it easier for the consumer to be more eco-friendly. There is a trade-off to this plastic challenge with the amount of time being spent on shopping not to mention the diesel for the extra mileage and even the cost to health. More planning is necessary to cover all bases I feel. It’s not easy.

Elly

It’s been a busy toing and froing day today with some shopping thrown in. The first mistake was leaving the water behind in our reusable bottles and it’s a hot day today. Searched about for water in glass bottles but that was an unrealistic aim really. I don’t like to give the children drinks with sugar or sweetener, so cans were out of the question until we found some cans of Innocent Bubble which is just fruit juice and water. Achievement!

We’re pretty much dairy free in our house and while I have a supply of almond and soya milk in the fridge, I wanted to top up. Tetra Pak was the only option available. I didn’t buy any today and have postponed until I desperately need some later in the week but I can’t see a way around this right now. Of course we could make our own almond milk, but unfortunately, the children won’t drink my home made efforts!

Bread shopping was an issue in Sainsbury's so we opted for a bakery. Not being as forward thinking as Angela clearly, I asked for it sliced as we eat toast a lot. The lady then could only offer me a plastic bag as it wouldn’t go in a paper one…lesson learnt.

Plastic free living takes a lot of forward planning and organisation, in the busy lifestyle we lead it is all too easy to slip up. But so far this has been a hugely positive experience in identifying how much plastic we rely upon.

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