Two weeks ago, we wrote about the No New Plastic challenge for the month of march, and as part of that we’re chronicling some of the difficulties that arise in going plastic-free.
To err is human, and to forgive is divine. I’ve actually had a few setbacks this week for No New Plastic March. Instead of being a discouragement, though, I’m using these setbacks to bolster my resolve. Here’s my plastic consumption for the week:
- Six plastic produce bags
- One plastic disposable lunch container
- One trash bag, two recycling bags!
- A plastic spoon.
Oh, woe is me. Although I did slip this week, I’ll also attempt to be fair to myself and recognize that none of my “failures” this week were tremendously egregious. My six plastic produce bags, for example, are compostable bio-bags from my food co-op, and while I usually carry my empty produce bags with me (reuse, reduce!) I slipped up that day. My lunch container – well, I usually pack lunch, but have been busy with deadlines and slept through my 6:30am alarm. Trash and recycling bags – what does one do to stop using garbage bags when city sanitation laws require them? And a plastic spoon – well, perhaps I should have checked on my reusable silverware kit that morning before heading out.
None of these are excuses, though! Just reasons to recommit and pay closer attention for next week, to try and find some better solutions in a move towards becoming plastic-free in the long-run.
But it does become apparent that one of the biggest uses of plastic in my everyday life is for carrying foodstuffs. And fortunately (when we’re less forgetful) there are a number of green products that one can take out with them to prevent the consumption of more plastics.
GREEN DEPOT SOLUTIONS
1. Millions of plastic produce bags are consumed and sent to the landfill every year. A simple solution to this is to find a reusable produce bag, like Credobags Produce Bags. They are reusable, made from organic cotton mesh, and specifically designed to hold fruits and vegetables. They come in packs of four and have a drawstring tie.
2. For grocery bags, I have a Baggu brand bag. It’s the same shape as a standard plastic grocery bag, but is reusable – its lifespan is designed to replace 300 to 700 disposable bags, and fits the contents of two to three of those bags. They are lightweight, and often come with a zippered container pouch.