I heard on the radio this morning that the children’s word of the year is “plastic”. Radio 2 run a 500-word story competition for children and the word appeared 3,359 times in the 134,790 stories submitted. Plastic is a hot topic at the moment and I am so grateful that it is.
I’ve been trying to reduce our waste for awhile now and this month I’m going to join Mamalina and Plastic-Free Me and take part in the #plasticfreeparent challenge. The first week is about tackling the plastic used at meal times.
The challenge wants to tackle plastic wrapped veg, lunches on the go and cling film.
I think I can firmly tick off cling film as I don’t own any.
Last week I went to a local shop and made beeswax wraps. They were so easy to make. Yesterday I used one of them to cover up leftover homemade pie before putting it in the fridge.
Plastic wrapped veg
I do my weekly shop on a Friday so I haven’t done the shop yet. I will meal plan foods that I know I can buy loose. I struggle with things like chestnut mushrooms which always come plastic wrapped. Rocket always comes in a bag too. I have tried growing some but there are little holes all over it, I don’t know what’s been eating it!
I’m going to do my weekly shop in the supermarket but give some of the fruit and veg a miss until I can make it to the farm shop on Saturday. Hopefully I’ve have better luck there.
Next week we should be able to eat our first courgette grown from seed! I am so excited. We may also have some radishes ready if we’re lucky. I’m going to give the rocket a go, it might not be too bad.
I always take a packed lunch to work. It’s mostly due to budgeting, lunch soon adds up if I keep buying from the shop! But also, I can eat really yummy nourishing food if I make my own. We switch between couscous salads, sandwiches, hummus and dippers, and falafel wraps. I use plastic Tupperware as I have it. I’m not going to throw it away for no reason. I use them for cold food and they do the job. You could use Tupperware you have already, a steel container, or even wrap your sandwich in a beeswax wrap.
I always carry a reusable bottle of water with me wherever we go. I don’t really drink coffee or tea out and about but I have a thermos flask cup for if we do. I sometimes take it into work so that I have some tea for the day without having to use teabags at work.
Are you taking part in the #plasticfreeparent challenge? What small changes have you made?