For the month of July, I’m issuing myself a challenge – to not buy any food that is packaged in plastic.
The amount of plastic in our lives is just incredible. We don’t realise it half the time – we’ve grown accustomed to it. When we do buy it, with awareness, we know that we will recycle it appropriately. But what if we addressed our need for plastic in the first place? What would the outcome of that be? This is going to be my little experiment.
The dangers of plastic to the environment are legion. When it’s not getting tangled up in the flora and fauna, it’s left to release noxious fumes in vast quantities at disposal sites. It floats in our oceans, causing litter in areas where no human has ever tread. Two thirds of the EU’s plastic is still being burned or ending up in landfills. Greenhouse gases from these incinerators are unbelievable.
Not to mention that most plastics are made from petrochemicals. Why support that industry when solar, wind and water could be used?
Plastic in food packaging hasn’t been around long enough to test the long-term effects that it might cause upon our health. We may very well find that in 50 years, levels that we thought were “safe” from plastic in our food could very well be extremely detrimental to our health.
So, for an entire month, I am going to go plastic-free when it comes to food. In fact, I’m going to try and reduce ALL packaging as much as possible. I’ve got the month of June to use up what stock I have in my fridge and cupboards, and to also research where I can get fresh food that is plastic-free.
If you would like to join me in this challenge, please comment below and share your intention, either on your own blog or other social media. Link back to this blog if you like. If a month is too long, try a week, or a fortnight. Find out what impact plastic packaging in having on your personal life, and look into what it’s doing to the planet as a whole.
Good luck, and do please share with me your stories if you decide to take up the challenge!