Crunchy’s newest challenge, the Ultimate Econ Throwdown, has got me in a tear. I’ve decided to limit my water use and no plastics. The water thing probably won’t start messing with me until I actually start. The no plastics thing is going to be a huge challenge… I didn’t think it would be, but EVERYTHING seems to come with plastic.
I went shopping last night and bought a few boxes (no plastic) of baking soda (yes, my house was probably the only house in America without baking soda in it.) I also purchased corn starch to mix with baking soda for deodorant (one option suggested a mixture – I thought I would try both ways), this was in a metal can with a plastic lid. I also purchased a small glass bottle of olive oil, which my mother tells me is great on the face and hands as a moisturizer, but the olive oil bottle has a plastic lid. Now my medicine cabinet looks more like it belongs in the kitchen than in the bathroom, and while it is not all non-plastic, it is a HUGE difference from a week ago when EVERYTHING in it, with the exception of the ceramic glass I keep my toothbrush in, was plastic.
Right now all I have in my medicine cabinet is baking soda, olive oil, corn starch, my toothbrush and my dental floss that comes in plastic. Does anyone have an idea for dental floss?
Honestly, I knew plastic was everywhere – but I didn’t realize how next to impossible it was to life without it. And while the challenge says “no halvsies,” I am going to live with the two plastic lids as a huge decrease from the original and not beat myself up over it.
Here are a few more issues I’ve encountered/discovered: My coffee filters come in plastic – and I am NOT prepared to give up coffee. Ideas?
I talked with someone in the meat department at my local grocery last night and asked if they had butcher paper in back. That I was going to try and go a month without using plastic. He said he thought they did, but to talk with the manager during the day. He seemed happy to check and wanted to be helpful. I don’t eat a lot of meat, and there is an actual butcher behind the counter a few miles down the road, but I am trying to limit driving, so if my regular store can accommodate it works for me!
I have discovered a video on u-tube that shows how to make bread from scratch pretty easily, and I was going to try that today, but don’t you know, I forgot to pick up yeast at the store yesterday. I’ll let you know how it goes. Yes, I need my bread, but as you all know, bread from your local grocery all comes in plastic.
Tomorrow I will find out how easy it is to get my hands on soy beans to make my own soy milk.