Plastic-Free July is nearly at an end. Huddle up, let’s talk about our results.
Readers, my Plastic-Free efforts were pretty meh. My successes don’t feel like successes because they’re the result of long-standing habits:
- I always carry reusable bags
- Because I don’t drink coffee, I’m never tempted by disposable cups
- Rarely eating out = rarely seeing plastic straws
- I have/use reusable water bottles
My only real victory was resisting more packaged snacks than usual this month: I was nearly seduced by mint-filled licorice or Skittles a few times but abstained because of Plastic-Free July. I caved and bought two Cliff bars last Friday; can’t lie, they were delicious.
While I have a heightened awareness of all the unnecessary plastic around me (shrink-wrapped cucumbers!), my plastic-avoidance strategies didn’t approve noticeably in July.
My household is still generating PLENTY of plastic trash. My biggest sources of plastic waste are 1) frozen vegetables and 2) tofu, which either comes in a plastic bag, a plastic tub, or a plastic bag-within-a-box. I’m getting better about finding fresh veggies loose, not wrapped in plastic, but the convenience of bagged frozen veggies is hard to resist. Many vegetables are plastic-wrapped here in Germany, even at the farmer’s market. Unpackaged options exist for most fruits and vegetables, but often cost more. It’s a pickle.
Two new things I tried in July:
- baking sourdough bread and sourdough crackers: this was a tasty and plastic-free hobby while it lasted, but proved surprisingly time-consuming, plus my loaves never rose properly and I gained weight
- roasting zucchini: cheap and plastic-free, but a little slimy. They say grilled zucchini is better.
So. Mixed results over here. Tomorrow, I’ll make a pilgrimage to the nearest bulk/package-free store and fill up some bags and tins. Bulk stores are so cool! Here’s hoping they have vegan-friendly licorice…
What about YOU, though? How was your Plastic-Free July? What did you learn? What surprised you? Spill your guts in the comments below.