The Flying Frogs are as far at the left shoulder. More than half of the front done. I also finished the excel knitting chart for the front. My son commented 'Lots of flying frogs!'. Indeed!
But I must talk about how Plastic Free July went for me.
I found that it's even more difficult to avoid plastic than to avoid added sugar. And that says it all I think. There is too much added sugar and too much plastic about.
How did it go?
My single most goal was not to buy any lunch in plastic packaging. I did manage very well. Most days I made my own lunch at home, either in the morning or the evening before or I bought something in more environmentally friendly packaging. My friend Siobhan and I can wholeheartedly recommend the falafel wrap stall on the Cambridge market. The wrap was just wrapped (sorry) in a sheet of paper and sold by seriously the nicest guy on the whole market.
I haven’t missed my plastic packed bought lunches at all. I thought I would, but there wasn't much choice left anyway - so many things I used to buy contain added sugar - that it was easy to leave the few things I could eat on the shelves.
Though when it came to food shopping it was difficult. But I did try to
buy fewer items with plastic packaging;
chose the option with the least plastic packaging;
or I left stuff on the shelf altogether.
Which meant, for example, that I didn't buy any meat. It usually comes in a plastic tub with a plastic sheet as a lid and that squishy thingy which is meant to soak up the muscle fluid, I think. That is way too much plastic for a little bit of protein. So I cut that out and went mostly vegetarian apart from once when I was invited for lunch. Ah and… I had one German sausage on the market.
My bins seem to be emptier now. I had already reduced waste quite a bit going no added sugar. But now there are even more veg and fruit scraps in the compost bin and less stuff in the general waste and recycling bin. Both general waste and recycling seem to have halved.
Which plastic free habits will I keep?
Although I have done quite well, all in all there is a lot of room for improvement.
Making my own lunch almost every day has become pretty much a habit. So why change it? I like making my own and on top I know what’s in my lunches.
I also continue to avoid plastic packaging when I go shopping. I can't see that my budget allows plastic free but I will avoid it as much as I can.
This post is now way too long. More later…. on making my own bees wax wrap.