Plastic-Free July: Final Week

Although I’d like to say that this final week of Plastic-Free July went incredibly well after last week, unfortunately, I have to report that I ran into some hiccups. Early in the week, I headed to the grocery store, and I realized that looming finals and the urgency to get home to cook led me to forget my reusable grocery bags. At the end of the week, I went out to eat with a classmate, and although I avoided plastic silverware, I ended up carrying my food out in a Styrofoam container and plastic bag. Now that many other classmates and co-workers inquire about my blog and follow me on social media, I was also asked for my take on bags for small packaged snacks. It seems that in my rush to get everything in place, I found scenarios where I chose plastic. At first, I felt some disappointment, but instead, I decided to take a look at the situation from a different point of view. Was my use of plastic covering up something else? Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Week 3

After feeling fueled last week to attempt some new steps for shopping and cleaning during Plastic-Free July, I was empowered and ready to go! My first step was to purchase some reusable bamboo silverware and once it arrived I made sure to put it in my backpack along with a collapsible plastic storage container just in case I decided to eat at a restaurant and needed containers for leftovers. I felt proud of myself for remembering to make this a part of my routine to reduce my consumption and waste of plastic. Armed and ready, I was eager to take on the world! So, how did this week turn out? I found it wasn’t with fanfare, but a realization about sustainable living that made all the difference in my affirmations. Continue Reading ›

Plastic-Free July: Week 2

After Week 1 of Plastic-Free July, I decided to take a few steps forward to be proactive and make this challenge a success. During Week 1, I encountered some situations where I couldn’t avoid plastic silverware, which led me to purchase reusable bamboo silverware. Although I’ve found bamboo has some setbacks, it’s a step up from using and tossing out plastic silverware. And since I like my bamboo toothbrush, I decided, why not try the silverware too? I’ve also reminded myself to avoid using plastic bags at the grocery store when I can and decided the next time I purchase a large amount of one type of produce, I’ll have to make sure it finds its way to my cloth shopping bag instead of feeling I have to resort to plastic. Continue Reading ›