In an effort to practice what I so often preach, I am joining the Plastic Free July challenge! The challenge is to attempt to refuse as much single-use plastic as you can.
Now I’ll admit, I immediately balked at doing a whole month. That seems daunting… However, you have the option to take the challenge for as many days as you like, so I pledged a week and intend to go for as long as I can for the rest of the month. I also considered doing only the main Top 4 offender elimination. The top 4 single use plastic items are: plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws, and coffee lids. But then I realized I’d be cheating because we’ve already eradicated straws and 95% of plastic bottles, I mostly use my S’well bottle for water and coffee, with plastic bags still being the problematic one, though we’ve dramatically reduced their use.
There are some problems for which I’ve had solutions for a while but have been lax on implementing:
– Bringing a reusable container for meats/grocery and takeout
– Getting canvas/cloth bags for bulk item shopping, which is where the majority of my plastic bags are still coming from
– Getting cloth for plastic-free storage of greens and veggies in the fridge
My biggest challenges that I don’t really have solutions for are:
– Cat litter
– The garbage
For the purpose of the challenge we are asked to keep a “dilemma bag” where all the plastic that we were not able to avoid during the challenge will go. This is a neat idea because it will help me figure out other challenging areas where I may not have realized I was using throw-away plastic. I will keep you updated on my progress as I go! Wish me luck 🙂