Post by Kent Wittenburg on Jul 22, 2020 11:43:30 GMT -5
I've signed up for Plastics Free July, but of course Plastics-Reduced July is more apt. Anyway, it's good to be asking these questions, and I've been finding there are alternatives, despite the seeming hopelessness when you head for the local grocery store.
It was so easy to join the PlasticFree July movement. I knew that we had enough food and sundries on hand to make it through the month without buying plastic containers. And I knew I could find ways to buy in bulk to reduce buying them in future,simply reusing the small bottles for everyday needs -
but we haven’t learned to shop at big stores that sell the 20 lb cardboard boxes of laundry detergent, and it turns out the huge kitty litter bag I bought on line is plastic after all, and in this time of sheltering and isolating ourselves that we just can’t seem to give up that convenience of shopping quickly at the small market near home to provide our routine weekly needs.I’ve given up my car to charity, and share in the weekly shopping/ dump trips with my husband, and we budget our air conditioning for only the hottest nights, and we compost our food waste, and have cancelled all catalogs and most subscriptions and Amazon, but this week, we head off to the dump with brimming bag of plastic containers to be TOSSED AWAY for recycling elsewhere,knowing now that very little of it will be reclaimed and most will be dropped in the ocean, or trampled into dust somewhere to be breathed and eaten by ‘others’ .