WEEK 4 SHOW YOUR PLASTIC CHALLENGE
Why do I mention our Mother in this story?
Who says that plastic was safe?
PLASTIC FREE PROGRESS:
- Completed the Grocery Substitution from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too with ideas for plastic free substitutes of my top 13 grocery items. See my completed Grocery Substitution worksheet.
- Finished week 2 without store-bought dog food
- Implemented two plastic free changes from the Grocery Substitution Worksheet: bread and cereal/granola. I felt brave enough to finally go without my gluten and soy free convenience foods and attempted the different task of learning how to bake again – this time, GLUTEN FREE. As I start to build a new collection of dependable gluten-free recipes I’ll share them with you.
- This week our waste is turning from convenience foods to more basics. I traded in my olive oil plastic container that I’ve been reusing for several years (YUCK!) for a repurposed Spectrum canola oil bottle. I buy my oils in bulk from Azure Standard by the gallon and refill my bottles. The bright-colored alluring plastic packages are almost non-existent in our pantry as of this week.
- Write to one company and suggest positive changes to reduce or eliminate plastic in their packaging: Frontier Coop.
- Grocery Substitution Worksheet: Research a local source for milk and cheese to eliminate plastic packaging.
- Grocery Substitution Worksheet: Make homemade gluten-free crackers.
- Locally Grown Farmers Market Trip: Bring my own containers and make a plastic free statement to market manager.