Since we started our plastic free journey at the beginning of the year we have made progress, but we do keep bumping into new issues which we hadn’t thought of at the start.
To be honest, that’s probably a good thing or we might not have made it as far as we have!
In this final (at least for now) post I wanted to highlight some of solutions we have found to these issues in the hopes that the may be of help to others on their own plastic free journeys.»
When it comes to going plastic-free, I couldn’t let the children have all the fun. I put on my plastic free thinking cap and came up with a perfect plan for reducing plastic and making my life more fun. Because the children helped us create the perfect mini veggie plot, it’s my turn to get planting. I’m an enthusiastic home-cook and also a busy mother. I love to create healthy meals for the family. Preferably ones I can make without slaving away for hours in the kitchen. Herbs play a big part in this. From ribbons of basil in our no-cook, raw tomato sauce or sage on top of simply ravioli – herbs add all the flavour. Without adding any nasties. What better way to go than to have our own plastic free herb garden?»
In the spirit of getting us all involved, step 2 of going plastic free was a spot of DIY. First of all, we had great fun at the weekend. We set ourselves up a small vegetable plot in our garden. We used some old sleepers we had from some recent building work. Also some stakes we had going spare to make our wigwam. We’ve planted cucumbers, peppers, peas and runner beans. And of course, we’ve hung some strawberry plants up too for little hands to pick at as they check on the plot.»
Going plastic-free as a young family is tough. So many kids’ snacks come in plastic wrapping and finding time to make everything from scratch instead is often near impossible. But we’re ready to take on the challenge. We’ve set ourselves the goal of radically reducing our plastic use this year. We’ve been thinking about it for some time. however, it took our six-year-old coming home from school upset and worried after watching David Attenborough’s now-famous Blue Planet episode to get us to take the leap. Her naive logic made us think. She just couldn’t get her head around why we couldn’t all immediately stop using plastic that was hurting animals. So we’ve promised her we will go on our own crusade against plastic.»