I am trying very hard to reduce my use of plastic. Living in the country, you’d think this wouldn’t be on my radar, I mean, how much plastic could I have to be bothered about? You’d be surprised at the amount of plastic pollution in our bushes (forests), ditches, creeks, fields and so on. I had a major plastic pick up all along our farm fence line and bush line and it would not fit on my wagon or wheel-barrel. My husband had to go alone with the tractor and scoop up my piles.
As, any of you know who check out my blog know, I am a rabid whole food scratch cooker. I also believe that we should try very hard to eliminate plastic bags and containers that especially have wet especially warm wet foods sit in them, unfrozen. The leeching that goes on is frightening, even if the plastic product has a BPA ban, there are 4000 potentially harmful chemicals in plastic. Some products have had BPA banned but not all. BPA mimics estrogen and is dangerous for girls and especially damaging to boys.
So, here is my conundrum. I do like plastic bags to freeze food in. I like the air tight seal they give to keep crystals and freezer burn from my foods. So, I am trying to use them, but make it as safe as possible. Hard frozen foods before placing into a freezer bag cannot take in chemicals from the bag, so all of my veggies, I freeze first on cookie trays then vac-pac or put in regular freezer bags. I’ve tried glass containers but find they let the food get crystals and freezer burn very easily.
I also reuse my freezer bags, over and over. Do you like money? Think about this, a large freezer bags is 15 cents. I can wash in soapy water with a hint of chlorine, rinse and dry three bags in one minute. The math works out to 45 cents per minute or $27 dollars per hour. Tax free. That’s also three bags that do not need to be made, trucked, boxed and potentially end up in a landfill. When the seals no longer work, or I’ve had a product like raw chicken in them, then I rinse them and put them in my recycling.
To the guy who invents a reusable vacuum seal bag…I’ll take a case please.
I’ll never live plastic free but I’m trying to do my part.
I am stopping use of pump hand soaps. I am shocked at how fast we go through these. A bar of soap gets your hands just as clean, smells as nice and lasts longer and is half the price.
I am stopping use of shower gels. Again, each person can have their favourite brand of soup in a bar, have their own bar and it lasts just twice as long and half the price.
Plastic shower scrunchies. They fall apart go straight to a landfill. There are natural scrubs you can get, I have one now that do twice the job, last longer and is totally biodegradable. I’ll never buy another plastic scrunchies again.
I might buy 10 cans of commercial goods a year, all my veggies and sauces are in glass jars home canned.
Water bottles…no brainer here. Totally unnecessary. No reason for them. At all. Ever.
I was inspired to write this non-foodie post in celebration of the tough plastic laws the EU has introduced. I hope they stay strong with this and follow through, and I hope Canada follows their lead. I have some great reading links here for you if you are interested. I really believe this is something we must do for this earth we owe so much to and all the generations to come. The first link is about the EU’s new rules and laws and the second link is letting you know scientifically just how many chemicals are in plastic and what they do.
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