Plastic-Free Tuesday: One day a week no plastic consumption and no plastic waste.
On Plastic-Free Tuesday we skip plastic to reduce our plastic
footprint. That means we don’t buy anything that is made of plastic or
contains plastic. We also don’t use anything made of plastic that we
have to throw away after using it. So no bananas wrapped in plastic, no
plastic bags, no take-away coffee in plastic cups, and so on.
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So, I know I said I was going to shut up about food for a while in my last post. And I am. Drafts are already awaiting revision! I have one on the politics of plastic-free, another on sustainable fashion, and another on DIY household product recipes. Which would you like to read first?
In the meantime, just one more about food, okay?
Initially, I expressed my sense of defeat in the face of bread products, like buns and tortillas. But the champion in me fixated on a solution. For that next week, I’d just make my own damn tortillas. This is not something I’ve ever done before. I don’t scratch bake. I don’t really bake at all, certainly not basics like bread. But I found this tortilla recipe from an apparently awesome fellow plastic-free adventurer that seemed simple enough, and that made a batch big enough to inspire a week’s worth of recipes, beginning with FAJITAS. Though I eat Mexican-inspired dishes at home and on-the-go like, constantly, I’ve never made fajitas at home.
Here’s what my experience looked like, from the
Zero waste has been playing on my mind all week. Why? How? Who? Etc… And I’ve realised, we need to talk about the ‘c’ word…
No, no! It’s not what you think!
The word is… convenience.
If sustainability was a superhero, convenience would be it’s arch nemesis. They would constantly clash. Convenience is (one of) the main roots of all evil and it’s convenience we need to rectify if sustainability is going to save the world.
Yes, it’s possible to be sustainably convenient – but it takes a little extra thought. Which, to some, kind of defeats the purpose – right?
Think of all the ways convenience contributes to our landfill, to waste… fast food, plastic wrappers, air tight plastic containers, single use items, plastic water bottles… and it’s not even just the wrapping that worries me! So much of the contents within the wrapping is sourced from unsustainable and often unkind resources. Paging the meat industry!
So, next time you are faced with the great battle of sustainability vs. convenience – which side will you choose?
The roomies and I scheduled a low-key game night for this past Saturday – a chance to indulge in wordplay with close friends, and introduce them to our new puppy. (That’s Edie up there, peacefully sleeping on our way home from the shelter.)
What a wonderful test of my plastic-free powers! I thought. Bestie Deena was in charge of the wine, fiance Matt of a tasty potato side dish, so I declared my intent to prepare an entrée plastic-free. This will be simple. In my years as a vegetarian (oh yeah, I’ve tried to be sly about this, but you can bet there’s a post coming on this uncomfortable subject), I’ve accumulated a file folder full of produce-based recipes that should make going plastic-free a piece of dairy-free cake.
A few months ago, I pulled out Crackling Cauliflower from Eating Bird Food and was impressed by how easy it was to prepare – and the roomies died over it, claiming it was one of the best things I’ve ever made. So: score. I confidently trekked to our fave Kroger with my short