REFUSE REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE
In a TED talk I recently listened to it was said that REFUSE is now the fourth R. I feel fairly confident that I’m doing a good job in refusing shopping bags (supermarket and other), but whenever I do a supermarket shop it’s hard to believe how much plastic packaging come wrapped around SO much of our food. We’re not big buyers of processed food in our family, but much of our regularly bought items (crackers, cereals, nuts, seeds, baking goods etc etc), mean there’s loads of plastic going into the bin each week.
Do you use the bulk bins in your local supermarket? I use these EVERY week and while the bags supplied are reusable for other things, how many of these zip lock bags does one need??? So I’ve taken to naming and storing these bags, and taking them with me on every shop – and it’s significantly helped.
I hang them with a big wooden clip, stick them to the fridge near the grocery list, and then they are ready to go. I throw the whole lot – clip and all – into my handbag.
The flimsy plastic bags at most fruit and vege stores really annoy me, but the lightweight drawstring bag is a fantastic way to avoid these. I’ve had mine for 6-7 years with many, many years left, so buy them once and you’ll never need to use those flimsy bags again!
The biggest issue is remembering to have them when shopping, so I now hang them under my handbag by the front door. Game changer…. 😉
We don’t eat meat every night, so the meat we do buy usually comes from the butcher not the supermarket. There’s something nice about supporting these small businesses, chatting to the guys preparing the goods, and you expect the quality to be better. Recently I’ve started taking my own containers to avoid the plastic bags (flimsy;straight-in-the-bin), and my local butcher didn’t even raise an eyebrow…seems I’m not the only one 😉
There’s people out there doing AMAZING things to completely cull plastic from their home – I’ve recently become aware of the Zero Waste Bloggers Network and these people are making a significant difference. But I figure that small change is better than no change, and I’ll continue to come up with practical ideas that are easy to start and maintain. Crackers are my major challenge – we eat so many of them! My kids love them, I love them, and when I baked my own recently, while they worked beautifully they were expensive to make. (And my kids wouldn’t touch them…) So please let me know if you have a good cracker recipe that doesn’t empty my seed jars!
With plastics polluting our oceans, killing our sea life, and entering the food chain as they break down into tiny, tiny pieces, ulimately affecting our health, it seems the time is now to make changes to our daily habits. No stylish pics this week, but unfortunately there’s nothing pretty about this….
See you next week and have a happy weekend ahead!
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