Plastic Free July is an initiative of Western Earth Carers. They aim to encourage people to reduce their rubbish. Yay! The idea is that you keep track of the single use plastic that comes into your home during the month of July.
It's not to late too register. I know that because I only registered this morning! You can choose to just do a day or a week if you think the whole of July is daunting.
I encourage you to take part. It is a very educational process. I was feeling quite cocky about it and looking forward to telling you all about how little plastic we use. After all we're a very careful family when it comes to producing rubbish! Hmmm! Not so!
We're into the fourth day of the challenge and I have a little stash of single use plastic already! Yesterday I shopped. I needed scissors desperately because my little crafters have lost my scissors yet again! This time they've been missing for a couple of months, so I assume they're not coming back.
I felt no guilt buying my new pair. After all, it's a sensible, practical purchase! Didn't occur to me that they were encased in a plastic sleeve until I got home.
I also bought a couple of DVDs for the kids. Of course they had a plastic wrapping. We hardly ever buy DVDs but if you'd been at the supermarket with my whinging, misbehaving children you would have been racking your brain for a way to keep them occupied too! The silly thing is, they've been wonderful at home - it was just the supermarket that was boring them to the point of misbehaviour. I really shouldn't have bought the videos. Mind you, cooking dinner last night was a lovely, peaceful affair because they were all in the other room watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
I also bought a bag of oranges. Duhh! Why didn't I buy them individually?! I usually do. Of course the mesh bag is some sort of plastic.
The final plastic was the packaging from some mozzarella we used for a broccoli lasagne last night.
|My stash on day four!|
Now! Chook bags! You know the bags you get at the produce store? They might have chook food, chaff, wheat, horse food....
Well these bags are frustrating! You cut the string at one end and cross your fingers!! Sometimes the entire row of stitching just unzips before your very eyes, leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction and smugness! Other times, try as you might, you cut one end and pull. Nothing! Cut the other... Nothing! Argggh! In the end, in sheer annoyance, you just cut the top of the bag itself while fuming that you wasted five minutes on trying to find the Secret String!
our bulk buying we had to open a few of these bags. The conversation of the Secret String came up and Cynthia thought she knew the answer. Something to do with which way the stitches ran. You pull it in the same direction as the arrow created by the stitches. We tested a couple and sure enough........