While not technically an experiment, we thought it would be helpful to wrap up our Plastic Free July experience this week, before launching into a new Slow Home Experiment on August 1. As we mentioned back at the beginning of July, we were committed to cutting back on all plastics, particularly the Big 4 – plastic shopping bags, takeaway coffee cups, plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic water bottles. The good news is we nailed those four! The bad news is, we were mostly nailing those before July even began. We also made big strides in waste-free shopping, after talking with our local supermarket, butcher, deli and bakery. Turns out these guys are all more than happy for us to bring our own containers, which both surprised and delighted me in equal measure. We also talk through some wonderful tips we received over the month, talk about the areas we struggled in (still no good solution for cheese) and the other areas we experimented going plastic free. We also talk about the email I received that suggested plastic wrapped produce was actually good for the environment – which I immediately scoffed at but can see the thinking behind it. Much like the sugar-free experiment back in February, this shift began with the decision to change the way we live, but the process is going to be gradual. Rather than beat myself up over failing to do it all at once, I’ve decided to simply work through each problem one at a time, find and integrate a simple solution into our daily life, then move on to the next problem. Honestly, I think that’s the only sustainable way to make such big changes, and it’s obviously in keeping with my philosophy of slow and steady. Let us know how you went with the Plastic Free July challenge – what you found easy, what was hard, and any handy tips or tricks you picked up over the month. Also, do you plan to keep going?
- Why shrinkwrapping a cucumber is actually good for the environment – FastCoDesign.com
- Episode 86 – Plastic Free July
- Zero Waste Living with Bea Johnson
- Plastic Free July on Facebook
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