„Oh wow, my first plastic free Tuesday!“
I woke up to a snowy white morning, not a big deal. Sat with a cup of coffee and breakfast. Half of the things I eat come from a plastic bag, such as nuts, linen seeds, sesame seeds, etc. Only my walnuts come from a linen bag in which my father gave them to me from my grandma. Oats came in a paper bag.
Usually the companies are paranoid about humidity, mice in the storage places, so they have at least a layer of plastic foil or metal on the top of the paper, to protect us from bla bla bla, as if with all the additives it was so necessary…These are by the way the worst to recycle, cause u can’t put them nor to paper neither to plastic bins.
After breakfast I need to change the toner in my printing machine. The fillings were wrapped in a bag, than in a paper box and than in another plastic bag. Ok, it’s not even ten and I’m writing this with a plastic pen…
At the lunch time the problem was again revolving about the food packaging. My broccoli? In a plastic wrap, my carrots? The same thing. Than I went to school and automatically visited the coffee machine. Only sitting back at my desk I realized what I did. Unconscious bad habits… Running on the autopilot…, sounds familiar? The machine serves coffee also without the plastic cup if u just put that one button and bring your own cup that by the way makes the whole drinking process nicer. So a bit more conscious behavior and voila less plastic waste.
Dinner the same as for lunch, pfhew no need to unwrap the plastic badness. Dessert – chocolate in aluminium foil and paper, pfhew again. Now notice that good quality chocolate never comes in a plastic wrap, nor does good wine, or honey, good things are usually not packed in plastic… Ok, good tea sometimes so that they can close it without the air, but a metal container should do the trick for your tea to stay dry and fragrant too.
So what I learned: The next time buying the breakfast and salad seeds I get them in a supermarket where u can put them to your own bag and than they weigh them for u. (Although they have to get to the shop somehow… hopefully not in giant plastic bags) And when I need veggies, I will try to get them at a fresh market, where those cute old ladies and men sell their own harvest. I can go with my own linen bags that are btw pretty stylish. Oh yeah, and the coffee machine mindfulness. =)