It’s August now, and the Scottish weather has finally granted us a hint of sunshine. Time to have a belated look at the plastic I’ve shamefully bought while claiming to be ‘plastic free’. Of course I don’t have to remind you that we are not perfect and everyone is differently unperfect. So while I’ve had plenty of sucess during July, I’ve also had to accept plenty of set-backs and “F**kit”-moments which added to my plastic pile.
I have to confess that this is not all my rubbish from July (I counted out things I had bought in June); nor is it ALL the plastic I bought (I sometimes forgot to keep it, sometimes there are health concerns e.g. with plastic around meat, and sometimes I bought plastic and reused it).
I was a bit surprised actually by how much it was regardless of the fact that I was over conscious about plastic purchases. It shows again how much we aren’t aware of the impact we have on our planet.
You can see some avoidable items, such as chocolate bars or convenience food. Some others were financial decisions, e.g. reduced price produce. Others again I simply couldn’t find unpackaged, e.g. dairy or rice. There’s also a plastic fork from street food (I’m better prepared now) and an arm band from an event we went to. The parcel with shrink wrap was my parents’ cheese delivery (I enjoyed ever bit of it).
Plastic Free July has really demanded my highest attention and planning skills, and opened my eyes that there is still a long way to go until I reach zero (or anywhere near) waste. Now I also know where there is room for improvement, and for which foods I need to search unpackaged/paper wrapped versions.
What do you think? Impressive, or rather shameful? How did your ‘dilemma box’ look like; or would if you participated this year?