Plastic free shopping update

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My second shopping trip inΒ plastic free July and I’ve managed to only bring home 2 bits of plastic; a sour cream container (that I can reuse) and a cheese wrapper (I cant find unwrapped cheese for under $10/kg). I had to do an essentials shop as we were out of all the essentials; tins of tomatoes, wholemeal flour, plain flour and high grade flour due to all the bread we’re making.
I did have a moment of panic when mum asked me to buy some meat for her from the deli counter. However my local Pak n Sav now has brown paper bags to put your deli produce in so ask if your supermarket does the same or better still bring your own containers.
Actually I’m enjoying the challenge of plastic free July; it has really made me rethink when I’m shopping and about items I’m bringing into our home. It has also challenged me to rethink about food items as to whether we need them or if it’s just a want that I don’t really need. Now to learn how to make some marshmallows as I wouldn’t buy them for John today as they come wrapped in plastic.
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8 thoughts on “Plastic free shopping update

  1. Sharon Cattermole
    July 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    What a great idea..it’s a challenge but you seemed to have done so well. Mine would be giving up the little plastic bags you get at the grocers to separate the fruit..have to think on that one…

    1. July 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I use Rethink produce bags. http://www.rethinknz.com/ They are so fantastic and hold so much food. Plus you can fill them (they weigh next to nothing so don’t add any weight to your scales), weigh food, then store food in them, then just throw them in the wash if need be. Or some people use the netting laundry bags or make your own? Good luck. Mx

  2. July 17, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Great job! I always shop at Pak’n’Save so there is less plastic involved, but I find it hard getting baby food that isn’t super pre-packaged…. Like those little ‘mum mum’ rusks, which are in little foil packets of two, in a plastic bag, inside a box. And I now have so many jars – I’m not sure I have enough Pinterest motivation to actually re-use them all! πŸ™‚

    1. July 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

      He he John used to love those rusks. Very good point. I guess I’ll have to see how I go once Gabriel starts eating might have to make them? I love baby jars they are great for storing spices in (though can be a pain to open) http://www.nzecochick.com/2013/04/back-of-door-storage.html Mx

  3. July 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

    You are doing a real tough job. Its difficult to stick to such resolutions & just take the easy way out. But I am sure you will manage πŸ™‚

    1. July 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Aww thanks. I am finding it challenging but also very rewarding. Mx

  4. July 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I am definitely going to take up this challenge when we get back from Turkey. I always thought I was doing “so well” until I realised all I did was recycle rather than avoid bringing it home in the first place.

    1. July 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Good for you. I am enjoying it. Have fun in Turkey I LOVE that country. I lived there on and off for about 3 years. I’d go back in a heart beat.
      Before this challenge like you I thought I was doing well as I would have hardly any rubbish but lots of recycling. Watching what I bring into the home has reduce our recycling heaps and given me heaps of food for thought. Look forward to hearing how you go Mx

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