Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. --Roald Dahl
And it's another month of Make Do and Mend! Since the top of the year, we've been using the Make Do and Mend Sustainable Year Planner from My Make Do and Mend Life. Gen Gale, author of the site, now hosts a great a podcast, A Sustainable Life.
The inspiration and goal for this month's challenge is PLASTIC... and more specifically, PLASTIC FREE!
By now many of us are more aware of the disease that is plastic, which is affecting and infecting our homes, workplaces, schools, the environment. Plastic in many forms is killing wildlife and natural space, it is killing the seas and sea creatures. There are HUGE Garbage Patches floating in the oceans. Plastic is literally everywhere. Plastic is cheap and convenient. As a global society, as a collective on a planet, we are paying the sad price of decades of plastic convenience.
Goals for this month:
* refuse single use plastic for the whole of July
* find plastic-free alternatives for daily use items.
* don't forget those cloth shopping bags... say NO to plastic bags!
* join the plastic free movement, take part in Plastic Free July
There are any number of other challenges to add to this! I use a lot of glass for storage. But a few large plastic containers are floating around in the kitchen for things like soups/stocks, but I'm hoping to eradicate this month.
Trying not to buy anything new that is plastic and finding alternatives is a continued thing...
Food is going to be a tough one... As I've spoken of before, a LOT, a tremendous ridiculous amount, of our food is packaged in plastic. Sometimes there is double plastic, which really boggles my mind! A lot vegetables and fruits are wrapped in plastic or in a plastic container of some kind. We do not have bulk stores here. I'm still working on how we can eat this month and avoid plastic... :/
A big challenge continues to be trash itself, and how to dispose of it without plastic. We have great recycling here where we are in Norway. But consuming and wasting less it the ultimate goal. We are required to have our non-recyclable/non-compostible waste put in plastic bags and into the wheelie bin at the end of our driveway. This waste gets burned at an incinerator facility. So we’ve not been able to completely avoid bin bags… yet. Kitchen waste, we collect (in a plastic bag, though it is degradable plastic) and it is picked up along with our plastic-metal-paper and general waste collection. The kitchen waste is recycled into biofuel...fuels local buses and public transport!
Another eco-challenge... we have a cat. Looking into how to deal with that, without all our little poo-bags in the waste bin. It stinks, literally… haha! I've been reading a lot about homemade cat litters, etc., but even those have challenges...
I'm sure I'll be thinking of more as we go this month... One step at a time… one less plastic at a time! Every refusal of plastic matters!
Do you have a special project or focus for this month, or for the year? Do you have any tips or ideas to share?! Are you going plastic free this month?!