Think we can't live without plastic? Think again. In 2007 I committed to stop buying any new plastic & I've almost succeeded! Won't you join me? Let's see what plastic-free looks like today… for the health of our bodies, our oceans, our planet. ~Beth Terry
How can I determine whether things are made of cellophane or plastic? For instance, the bag inside of the cereal box, or the see-through bags of granola, the window on the paper bread bag, etc.? Beth has made me think about all these things, and my count this week is higher than ever!
Is it better to buy organic produce packaged in plastic or bulk items that are not organic? I am finding that sometimes that is my choice. Yesterday I bought nonorganic onions because I really needed onions and didn’t have time to go to another store. When the farmers market starts up in April this will get easier, but as of now there is only one store – Whole Foods – that has the ideal combination of organic sold without packaging. I am not used to shopping at several different stores. As I do this for longer, I will work out a routine of stopping to shop when I am near the store I need.
I keep learning here about more things that are plastic that I wasn’t aware of before, so the number of items in my tally goes up instead of down in spite of changes being made. What can I do about mail that comes in window envelopes? I have one plastic magazine sleeve this week from the Art Institute of Chicago. I don’t plan to renew that membership. I also started counting sticky labels from fruit and the seal strips from Netflix movies. I am buying fruit loose instead of prepackaged in bags, so now I have more sticky labels! Farmers market is not open yet in my area.
I’d like to know what some items are made of – what kind of plastic, and whether it can be recycled. Food and medicine packaging are everywhere every day, and much of it goes in the trash because I can’t identify it.