No Single Use Plastic Here!

Todays plastic free shop was a raging success! Instead of using the deli at woolies, I went to a local butcher who had no dramas skipping the plastic and putting my meat into my containers for me. The woman behind the counter was also very interested in the whole 'plastic free july' movement and chatted with me for ages about it. she had just watched 'war on waste' and she was extremely shocked at the levels of wastage in Australia. 

Mostly I got fresh fruit and veg, but also 4 jars and 4 boxes - pretty stoked on how little recycling we will have to do this week! This will feed josh and I for five days and it cost about 100$. Josh bought bread this morning from a bakery and he requested a paper bag, he was pretty proud of himself ;D haha!

Produce bags by YoungEco (check out clever consumer page for info!)

Side note* I don't eat red meat, Josh does. Baby steps... ;)

Success!

I would consider the first week a success, purely on how much trash I put out for collection on Tuesday! One week of garbage for 2 people was the size of one grocery bag, and this makes me so ridiculously happy! And yes, josh thinks i am weird. Yes, I made him look in the bin at how little waste we had haha!

Top 3 easiest plastic free meals of the week?

  1. Green Curry - The curry mix came in a jar and the coconut milk came in a tin. I brought my own container to the deli for the chicken, then I topped the curry up with tons and tons of plastic free vegetables. I have a huge jar of rice at home already!

  2. Pasta - So easy! Pasta came in a box, and the sauce is in a jar. Just add all your plastic free ingredients - veg and meat!

  3. Salmon - I brought my own container for the fish, and I had it with rice and greek salad! Cucumber, tomatoes, capsicum, red onion and feta (own container at the deli). I make my own dressing - fresh lemon, salt, dill, olive oil and vinegar (in glass containers). Delish! For the fish I sprinkled it in dill, then sliced some lemon circles and placed them on top while it baked :)

Now for the hardest meal... We had a picnic on a hill overlooking the ocean by our house on Sunday - but putting together the picnic last minute at woolworths was pretty hard. We brought cutlery from home but forgot our containers, so we bought 2 reusable containers, and filled one with olives and one with deli meats, so that was all good - no single use plastic there. We grabbed an apple and a pear to slice up and eat with our cheese.. Then we realized cheese was going to be a problem... There was one wheel of Brie in a wooden container so we got that (at DOUBLE the cost of the others :'( Not affordable really.) It ended up being wrapped in plastic inside the wooden container - ughhhh. All dips come in plastic, and the dip that comes in ceramic needs to be heated in the oven first.. So instead of dip, we grabbed some avocados and smashed them up. Our one major fail was crackers - we ended up just buying a box of jatz, but that has plastic inside the box. So overall we did pretty well, but it did take us quite a long time to sort it out.

first plastic free shop

finished my first plastic free shop today, and actually it was much easier then i thought it would be.. i was very curious as to what woolworths would do when i brought in my own container for chicken, I've heard mixed reviews, between just flatstick 'no' and 'no dramas!' - and guess what! my local woolies didn't even blink an eye, they placed the chicken in the container, stuck the sticker on it for me and handed it back. 

the strangest part of the whole process for me was actually my partners reaction to me doing something he considered 'weird'. as i continually force him into being plastic free with me I've never seen his face more astonished as it was today. he was almost nervous about the possible rejection and had to go stand a few meters away. :) he will get used to it soon enough!

biggest grocery store loss for me? not being able to buy my favourite curry - 'marions kitchen green curry' set comes in a box, however the box is filled with 4 plastic bags of ingredients. instead i bought green curry in a jar and a tin of coconut milk. biggest grocery store loss for josh? cheese, his precious cheese. 

i didn't buy anything in plastic, so day one and day two were successful!

July is upon us!

the start of plastic free July is here, and while I've been plastic conscious for a while, it's the start of going as plastic free as possible for me! I'll be skipping single use plastics entirely and looking for alternatives for day to day products. 

in this blog i plan on recording where i succeed, where i fail, and what you can do to change your spending habits for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. 

check out the clever consumer page for alternatives to plastic, and conservation conversations for interesting projects happening around the globe. get involved! 

- A bird with beliefs
taryn smith