Well it’s not completely true as I am still trying to go plastic-free but this past week it’s been very hard. I think when it comes down to it you need more time in order to avoid plastic. That is, time to go round different shops making purchases that aren’t wrapped in plastic and time to prepare things at home that won’t use plastic.
Over the past seven days things have been busy here as we get ready for the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer holidays. There are teachers’ cards and presents to buy. I am a volunteer reader at the primary school and wanted to bring in a little end of year gift for my students. My youngest also turns six in August and delights in handing out little edible gifts to her classmates on the last day.
So I found myself this week in Poundland buying plastic bags of plastic wrapped sweets and lollies because I just didn’t have time to bake one hundred and one fairy cakes, or whatever the plastic-free alternative would be. And then once I was off the wagon I ended up buying plastic wrapped cheeses, teabags, butter, dried fruit and soap (we’d run out of the Lush ones),
However I’m pleased to say the teachers’ gifts were small glass bottles of lovely Luscombes lemonade.The personalised thank you cards I ordered from snapfish came with only the tiniest plastic band wrapped around the envelopes, which was a pleasant surprise. I also found a plastic free source of birthday cards from a very cheap card shop in town.
Best of all we went to our local fruit picking farm which is less than a mile from home and picked plastic free raspberries and strawberries. I even bought my own re-usable margarine tubs to collect them in. And when we got home we cooked and pureed some of the fruit to make homemade milkshakes, sipped through paper straws I found in the Kitchens shop in Bath (although they did come packaged in a plastic box).