Saturday, March 21

Less Plastic: On Being Plastic

It has been a long time since I have written about plastics, and they are what started this marvelous journey into wakefulness. I realized tonight, as I started to read some other blogs whose bloggers are at different points in the journey from myself, that some things have become habit for me and I have stopped stressing about plastic so much.

I have my shopping and cooking all streamlined to be "less plastic," and so I don't even think about that anymore. I grab my canvas produce and grocery bags to go to the store, and I don't set foot beyond the bulk bins. I also rarely eat out and never get take out, so these are non-issues. I carry my Klean Kanteen and to-go mug with me all the time, and I take lunch to school in my tiffin tin and eat with a real fork and a cloth napkin. These things are all habits now, and it feels wonderful!

To give you some more examples: I haven't had to buy toothpaste since December, and this tube is going to last me a while. I have completely stopped thinking about the fact that I wear glasses now, even after ten years (!) of wearing contacts.


I am going to NYC next week, and the true challenge will begin. I will be on-the-go all the time, and I don't know how much I'm going to be able to avoid plastic. I will take my water bottle and to-go mug, even if airport security gives me funny looks. I will take a fork and a cloth napkin, and I will try my best. I plan to go grocery shopping when I get there and buy PB & J, even though I know these will involve this case, the financial savings is really important to me. However, I'm going to make granola tomorrow for my trip.

I'll let you know how the trip goes, but for the time being: what kinds of changes are becoming second nature to you?

1 comment:

  1. Well done for getting used to glasses - I am trying but I am really, really struggling. I've a very active person and they just get in the way so much! I fear that is one thing that might fall by the wayside. However I have been much better at always carrying a reusable bag, that is second nature now, as is taking my packed lunch (with a fork and napkin) and using reusable tubs in the kitchen instead of baggies/wrap. I also now get all my vegetables that I don't grow delivered to my door by a local farm - zero plastic, just a cardboard box which they reuse. Bliss!