by Fiona McBryde July 27, 2021 3 min read
For Plastic Free July, we each pledged at Soap Folk to swap one piece of regularly bought single-use plastic. From bottles of smoothies to punnets of strawberries, we challenged ourselves to find a plastic-free alternative for the month. Each individual step, however small, can together make a big difference to the plastic problem. Here’s how we got on (hint: not as easy as we thought).
My Dad lives in a village where they grow and sell strawberries in old fashioned plastic-free punnets so I am definitely looking forward to visiting him next weekend also!
“Confession time - as the temperature cranked up to 30 degrees, I caved in and reached for my tried and tested plastic encased deodorant. That particular occasion I needed the confidence that I could get through the whole day feeling fresh and comfortable. Apart from that little blip, I have been really pleased with my handmade alternative and have got used to reapplying it every couple of hours in the workshop.
I will definitely stick with it beyond plastic free July, but have my regular deodorant on stand by for emergencies and very hot days.”
The kids are on their school holidays now so maybe they will treat us to some fresh pasta - it is more time consuming but tasty and plastic-free!
We enjoyed the challenge and agreed that to make long-term changes, we have to change our mindset to not ‘simply accept’ products would be available in the format we wanted, when we wanted them and maybe choose a different product instead.
We had a couple of blips along the way but we are all determined to keep making gradual changes and this exercise challenged us to think about what we are buying and consuming and to shop around for the right solutions.
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