I’ve been working today, so I haven’t much plastic news. I did eat cold left over broccoli cheese souffle for my work lunch which was embarrassingly smelly and not as appetizing as when it was hot! This was because our supplies have become so precious, we are trying not to waste anything!
Coming up soon; Ecoblocks, what are they, what have they got to do with plastic, and why is my sister making them?!
Today, I went a foraging down at the monthly farmers market, in search of plastic free food; fantastic array of sproutings that are never seen in the supermarkets and cheap at £1.00 per bunch! I also bought honey from Mr Busby our local beekeeper. I remarked that he had the right surname for the beesiness. He encouraged me to try nectar…which tasted a little like I imagine earwax might taste! Apparently it has all the essential vitamins and minerals one needs in life….but I didn’t buy any.
What are we eating, now that our supplies are limited? Well, loads o’ veg is the answer. Here’s a pic of my evening meal; I’m afraid that I only had the idea of the photo after eating half of it… It is broccoli cheese souffle (by courtesy of my Delia cookbook) – with some roasted tomatoes and random mushrooms! This was followed by tinned apricots and frozen yoghurt (a great discovery) . We used to eat lots of Greek yoghurt until our self-imposed plastic ban, so this is second best and comes in a cardboard carton with a cardboard lid.
I am very proud to present to you my kitchen bins; the one on the right is for recycling and the one on the left is for waste. The one on the left, post cooking, is completely empty!!! This is a first.
Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill. Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times. Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. https://utahrecycles.org/get-the-facts/the-facts-plastic/
At present, much of the manufacturing industry that the UK relies on is in the Far East and therefore, some of the (recycling) material has to be sent there. The material gets turned into a vast range of products, from kitchen appliances, to toys, clothes and packaging.
Today, I took myself to Waitrose, with the intention of buying unwrapped cheese from their cheese counter. But no; they only had plastic-wrapped pre-weighed pieces. The assistant didn’t see the point of taking the plastic off the cheddar that I wanted, and really, neither did I – knowing he would just throw it away!
So, I toddled off to ‘Added Ingredients’ – our local deli, where I bought some (more expensive) cheddar wrapped in paper…
My other problem, is that I only have two dishwasher tablets left: I think I may be forced to doing the washing up the old-fashioned way!
Today we ran out of coffee. Traipsing the aisles of Waitrose I was faced with instant coffee in glass jars with plastic lids or ground coffee in plastic packets! I’m sorry to say, I relented and bought a glass jar with a plastic lid. I hang my head in shame! Next time I will buy some loose coffee beans and a coffee grinder. ‘Added Ingredients’ in Abingdon stocks a wooden and ceramic one.
Went to ‘Added Ingredients’ in Stert Street and filled up my old plastic containers with loo cleaner and fabric conditioner. They do a variety of unpackaged cleaning products including laundry washing liquid and washing up liquid, and they also do loose leaf tea and coffee beans. You can take your own containers and get a label to put on with barcode and name of product. Onwards and upwards….
I contacted Tesco’s Facebook page and got this immediate (standard) reply: What do you think? Are they doing enough? Could they do more?
This is Tesco’s response to my reduce plastic plea:
Tesco Hi Judith, Thanks for getting in contact regarding the amount of plastic that is being used and I can completely understand your concerns regarding this. As part of our Little Helps plan, we have made the following commitments. Making all packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025. We’re ensuring that all paper and board used will be 100% sustainable by 2025. Halving packaging weight by 2025 compared to 2007 levels and if you would like more information on this please see : https://www.tescoplc.com/little-helps…/products-packaging/. Kind regards Daniel – Customer Care
I also visited ‘The Market Garden’ at Eynsham and filled up empty old plastic bottles with shampoo and conditioner, and paper bags with nuts, dried fruit and seeds. They even had loose leaf salad here. However, this no plastic campaign is going to be a challenge!
I used the seeds to made my own granola and some savoury crackers. My husband loves his cream crackers but as they come in plastic packaging, it’s hard cheese!