Another month of using less plastic and I can already see a huge difference in our attitudes and lifestyle. But, there are still some areas we could improve in. Our family is not seeking to totally eliminate all plastic but to greatly reduce the wasteful practices we were falling into without thinking.
This is the key...think about what you are purchasing and then how you are going to reduce your plastic consumption before you bring it home.
We have not cleansed the kitchen of all plastic. We decided that since we already owned all those reusable plastic containers, we would use them for now. They will be replaced with non-plastic alternatives when the time comes. For our family, this is a gradual process that will probably take a year to totally figure out how to make it work.
Thanks for all the suggestions from last month in your comments. I appreciate every one and hope you will keep the suggestions coming this month.
#3 Bringing less plastic home from the grocery.
Last month I shared how we are attempting to use all reusable bags for shopping....well, I still forget sometimes. But, I found an answer that is simple and easy...a reusable stuff bag. This bag from Chico Bag unfolds into a full size bag with shoulder straps (Diana's suggestion from last month's comments). You can purchase one on Amazon: ChicoBag Reusable Shopping Tote/Grocery Bag. I can attach it to my purse or keys using the clip provided and this way I always have at least one reusable bag to use at all times.
The other brilliant idea that my husband had was to ask at the meat counter and the deli counter if they could wrap our meats in paper rather than a ziplock bag. No problem! The meats come home and we put them in reusable containers at home instead which is one extra step but we don't end up with plastic bags that we can't reuse.
If all else fails, take the item without a bag if possible. We have done this at Home Depot a number of times this month and now it seems silly when they want to use a plastic bag to carry out one small item. It is just a bad habit. (Makita spoke about doing this in her comment from last month.)
It only makes sense to bring less plastic home if we are trying to reduce our wasteful plastic usage.
Have you found a product you like for packaging sandwiches for lunches? Leave me a comment!