So I’ve missed writing for a few days, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the whole plastic free month.
I’m still very much in that reduce plastic mindset. Last Sunday, I did some shopping at a very good bulk food store, The Source Bulk Foods at Bowral. I took along my bags and jars and what I couldn’t put in a container went in one of their paper bags. Unfortunately it’s not that local for me, about a 40-odd minute drive, but it’s in a place that we like to visit so that became an outing for us.
I also shopped at my local supermarket and improved on my plastic-free shopping from last week. There were only a couple of things in plastic bags, mushrooms sadly being one of them as the store was out of paper bags. When I got home I wrapped them in one of my beeswax wraps instead. And yes, I bought pre-packaged ham but this is more an indication of my impatience at the long line at the deli counter than anything else.
I had to do a second run to the supermarket and this time I kinda lost the plot a little. Think I was a bit hungry, hence the scones and cake and not thinking too straight. Plus how can you not buy scones for $2.28, you can’t make them for that cheap! I also hadn’t figured out the week’s dinner menu properly so was buying on the fly. This never works so I don’t know why I continue to try it!
But I did come up with an idea to use the plastic container the scones came in. It has a hinged lid with a fairly shallow base so I thought it would be perfect as a tiny greenhouse for raising seedlings in. I would punch a few holes in the top and bottom and being a hinged lid, I can open it up if it gets too hot in the sun. What do you think, is that a good idea?
I didn’t get to the butchers unfortunately so that I could get my meat put in my containers, but there’s always next time.
I’m continuing to look harder at what I’m buying and if it comes in a plastic bag or container, how can I reuse that. Some bags become garbage bags, which is fine, but I struggle a bit with the containers. How can I use them again, and again? I suppose the easiest option is not to buy them in the first place, but it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan in place.
So how’s your second week going? Got any tips to share?