Going plastic free would be the ideal, however we live in a society that has plastic on almost everything. Now a days there are individuall wrapped bananas in plastic or avocados in plastic. And individually wrapped tiny candies in plastic which are then in an even bigger plastic bag to contain them, and then when you buy the candy (among other things) you carry them all home in a plastic bag….
Post about that here: Pre packaged and portion sized foods
More and more stores, often organic or eco friendly stores are selling grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, dried fruit etc in large containers and you can use a paper bag to fill the amount you want – and that gets weighed. Which i think is a great idea. However there is also a risk of contamination and bacteria. So i think it is better with those machines where you just pull a lever and some falls out into the bag – instead of people being able to take with a scoop and the food is just “Out in the open” (if this makes sense.)
Ideally i would like to be as plastic free as possible… however when i think about all the plastic i use/throw away each week it is rather shocking. So i wrote a post about frozen vs fresh veggies HERE. And the conclusion is… use the one you like best. However,frozen veggies also produce alot more plastic than fresh veggies…. which isn’t the best. And i consume quite alot of frozen veggies each week… and the plastic piles up.
However i have now begun to buy 1kg or 2,5kg frozen veggies as it is both cheaper and less plastic – so that is a tip if you have the space in your fridge and can carry it home/have it deliveried. And the same goes for grains and other dry foods… if you can buy a larger package it both saves money but also less plastic is used to package the food.
Otherwise things like toothbruses…. toothpaste, cleaning items, beauty products are all plastic. I don’t buy these weekly, instead it is every 2nd or third month, but it all adds up.
I was recently watching a youtube video HERE, where a woman was going plastic free for 30 days and it was so interesting to hear her experience. What she did to eliminate plastic but also how hard it was and the times she messed up.
Thinking about all the items that have plastic – but also how it can be very time consuming, take alot of energy as well as be inconvenient to be completely plastic free.
It would be amazing to be plastic free for the sake of the environment, but i also know that it isn’t realistic. To not be able to buy anything prepackage, to barely be able to travel… what about getting gifts from friends or family, or when you are in a relationship and your partner isn’t plastic free… you would end up in a whole lot of arguements.
I am not extreme in anyway and don’t plan to be either, it is all about the small things that make a difference. Just like with a plant based diet…. even if you can’t eat/be fully vegan, atleast you can make small changes and choices and that is how i think about plastic use and waste as well.
You may not be able to be 100% plastic free… not in todays society anyway, but you can atleast try your best from your life and your available choices. We can all make small changes 🙂
What is your thought about plastic use/waste? Do you ever find it disheartening with all the plsatic everywhere?