What if it's a fun one?
Bravo Karen for reminding us all to use less single-use plastic. The thing that gets me -- and I'm guilty of using because there seems to be no alternative -- is all the plastic clamshell packaging for fresh produce and fruit. If I want salad greens, cherry tomatoes or berries, I have to buy them in plastic. Going to the farmer's market once/week is a possibility but not full solution for me. When did the produce industry adopt all this plastic packaging and how can we lobby for it to be changed? I will, however, try the farmer's market more.
I'm giving up: plastic straws, plastic forks and all eating tools, and coffee cups. Barb M
I haven't used plastic bags in more than 15 years (except for those initial Trader Joe's nylon/plastic shoppers). I've used canvas bags for shopping and cotton mesh for produce for the past 4 years. I have travellers (both for iced w/metal straw and hot), and a glass water bottle I lug to/from work, along with cloth napkins and my own silverware. I LOVE my ZeroWater filter pitcher (yes, plastic but BPA-free) and if I'm in need of buying a beverage when I'm out, I go for glass (same for any condiments I buy). It's almost impossible to avoid plastic in our modern society (toothpaste tubes, blueberry boxes, whatever Amazon delivers, etc.), but how we choose to operate on a daily basis makes a difference. Thanks for the reminder, Karen. xo
My goal for the month is to use my own canvas grocery bag.
I don't know what to do about buying water in plastic bottles. I've tried everything to change. The only way I drink water is to buy Walgreen's 16.9 oz of purified water. Otherwise I don't drink water. It's a disgusting habit and I'm trying to break it, but nothing has worked so far, except I boil tap water and drink it hot as much as I can throughout the day... but tough to do in the summer and spring.
Great read, thank you.