Monday, 26 September 2016
I have found some lovely ladies at Farro who will paper bag fresh cut cheese for me.
We get fresh milk weekly from the farm.
Our chickens have laid 4 eggs that we know of. Two were stolen and possibly more. We think it was a neighbourhood cat (I refuse to believe it would be my own cat even though his weight says otherwise) because we never heard a commotion in the coop and the chickens are unharmed. I found the empty shells in the garden a few days later. We have since put bricks on the roof to stop anything pushing the doors open. Hopefully it works.
I shop at the local fruit and veg store and that's where the majority of our meals come from.
Things like rice and flour I buy from Bin Inn by filling up my own containers. Some cotton drawstring bags would be really handy.
On my partners birthday I wanted to cook something special and meaty so I went to the butchers and took home some brisket in my own container. In the end it wasn't ready for dinner because it hadn't been in the slow cooker long enough. We ate mashed potato and brussel sprouts with some of the sauce for his birthday dinner! But the brisket was delicious the next day.
Next is homemade washing powder and toothpaste!
It's hard to know how far to take the no plastic choice. A girl at the Boric food market up the road kindly offered to take the plastic off the wrapped parmesan for me so I could take it home without plastic. I declined, saying it would defeat the purpose. The next time I bought cheese at Farro she told me all the huge cheese blocks came in plastic and asked if I still wanted it. I took a slice wrapped in paper and she wrapped it back up and put it back in the fridge.
It would be almost impossible to avoid the bulk wrapping of items. I'm sure when they are shipped and transported it all comes in plastic at some point. It's actually crazy how unavoidable it is. But I'm not going to worry to much about that. Just avoiding anything I take home with plastic.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Here are some of the benefits of buying locally (to make myself feel better about the lemon incident yesterday).
- save on hidden travel costs and energy spent transporting and preserving the product - look at where some of the produce in the supermarket comes from
- home grown hopefully means less pesticides and preservatives
- a fresher product
- label free, free from hidden packaging (bulk wrapping, protective packaging)
- money stays in the community rather than going into large corporations, the farmer is getting 100% of the profits
- helps promote local agricultural diversity
- protects genetic diversity rather than having a particular variety chosen for its long shelf life, high production, has a long shelf life and hardiness. Local plants can be chosen for their own unique taste and may not be available year round.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Friday, 9 September 2016
Thought from the other day at the supermarket:
We are literally blind to plastic. We don't see it. It is around E V E R Y T H I NG. But no one sees it. You see the fancy branding and the clever advertising and you see the food inside. It doesn't even enter your mind. And when you get home the food comes out and the plastic goes into the bin. It never has a chance to register. I know because I thought exactly the same way before I started this. I only saw the plastic once it became a barrier for me to get something. All this great food has become imprisoned and I can only peek at it through a little plastic window.
Now I'm mainly thinking shitty food. Chips, noodles, chocolate and the like but try doing your normal shop. Oh shit, that tray of eggs is covered in plastic! Fuck, my milk comes in a plastic bottle. Oh no, not the cheese! How about some rice? Nah uh. Only need half a cauliflower? Too bad you're going to be eating that whole cauli for weeks! Want to fancy that meal up with some herbs? Well you're shit outta luck!
At least they haven't got to the butter yet.
- Toilet paper is going to run out soon and I am yet to find a brand that isn't wrapped in plastic. Leaves?
- Tampon substitute in the near future. I never thought I would be one to purchase a moon cup.
It's easier that I did't start this lifestyle change by immediately throwing out all the plastic in my home because each thing is going to be a challenge and the longer I can stall the next thing the better.
Cat food. It looks like I'm going to have the fanciest cat in town. He'll be dining on off cuts from the local butcher.
I wonder what supermarkets looked like before plastic.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
The actual bin. Hopefully it stays this empty! The jar has my cut spring onion in water, ready to grow back for the next time I need it 🐣
Monday, 5 September 2016
One blog suggested starting this by throwing out all the plastic you already have but I don't really see the point in that. I have things like containers that will last a long while before needing to be thrown out so I am going to keep them. However, I will not buy any more.
My boyfriend asked why I can't buy plastic things that I reuse (he was 100% thinking about getting takeout) I said the point is that it is not a sustainable material and at some point that plastic thing will break and go in the bin and never break down but if the take out was in cardboard containers it should be fine. His response was, "Oh good, so we can still get BurgerFuel?" Yes, and even if the store does use plastic we can take our own jars/plates or something to take it away on ... sounds good in theory. Will be interesting to test out.
So first off, of course, I go to the supermarket. Veggies are good most of the time although a lot, and I mean a lot, of it is wrapped in plastic - lettuce, beans, pumpkin! Unless you want to buy a whole pumpkin, but I probably won't eat it all and that's being wasteful. Which goes against the whole idea. Why do they need to do this? Even the stickers on the apples. This is already hard.
The deli section was good. I took some jars and they were happy enough to fill them. I don't eat a lot of meat so that section is for another day
Next I went to Bin Inn in Glenfield expecting them to have cotton bags or something equally reusable to purchase. All they had was plastic bags, plastic jars or horrendously expensive mason jars. So i left there with a jar of coconut oil.
The next thing is going to be making my own bread. Without a bread maker. Goodbye Vogels