I enjoyed writing my post on plastic-free make-up, or rather the lack of it. Lots of kind people got back to me with suggestions that will hopefully make Plastic Free July a more pleasant experience – and some beauty bloggers even dropped in to read the post. Hello! Ahh, I do love a bit of cyber socialising!
Slowly though, I am realising that I’d better concentrate on sourcing some ‘plastic free’ food. While it’s great that I’ll be looking beautiful (!) in July, the glow won’t last long if I don’t have anything to eat…
Plus (how did this happen?) I’ve been luxuriating in the belief that I had 9 months of preparation before Plastic Free July, only to do a bit of counting on my fingers, and realise that it’s now 7 months – yikes!
So, let’s start with the basics – my veg box.
Regular readers may be forgiven for believing that I only have a veg box so that I can write about it – my other half certainly has his suspicions! I disagree. I mean I’ve only written posts about it here, here, here and here and it’s only been mentioned here, here, here and here. Oh, and here!
I would argue however that the humble veg box is my trusty weapon in a number of environmental battles from supporting organic farming to shopping local to reducing waste – and hopefully for helping me avoid plastic.
A few weeks ago I phoned the farm who supplies my box to ask if I could eliminate single-use plastics from my order altogether. There was no answer so I left a message to that effect. The following week, my order was delivered with just the same amount of plastic as usual. I know they got the message because they acted on something else I said.
I was therefore somewhat tentative when I phoned for a second time this week. Did my request sound odd? Were they just going to refuse me altogether? Was I going to have to start explaining Plastic Free July and let them read my blog??
I decided to adopt the persona of someone who had no anxieties about any of the above. I also chose not to mention Plastic Free July, lest I get carried away, giving the lucky person taking my call the time to decide to refuse me!
It worked! All veg delivered in disposable plastic is now banned from my order and I have secured myself a supply of only fruit, veg and eggs from now on.
Next on my list of things to tackle was milk. As a family we get through several pints of milk each week. I usually buy it from the supermarket and it comes in plastic cartons that are recyclable. I prefer to buy organic.
I have a neighbour who gets milk delivered in glass bottles so I hoped my milk supply was going to be an easy one to sort out. I phoned the company she uses but, alas, it only sells ‘normal’ milk in the glass bottles (pint size) and organic milk is only available in two-pint plastic cartons. I requested as nicely as I could (really very nicely actually) if there would be any possibility of them considering delivering organic to me in pint bottles?
Very nicely, I was told no.
The next place I phoned would also deliver organic milk but only in plastic bottles. The same happened with the third supplier I phoned…
I am keen to set up my order so that I can have milk delivered to my door. I also want to support local business and to avoid further lining the pockets of the supermarket. I am planning on giving up supermarkets for lent as mentioned in this post so if I can arrange for home-delivery now, then that’ll be one less inconvenience to deal with later. I want organic milk but I don’t want plastic.
At the moment I am erring on the side of ordering the organic (in plastic) but changing the order to non-organic in July so that I can have the glass bottles.
What would you do?