Quitting Plastic Isn’t Hard, It’s Almost Impossible!Holly By Heart
By Holly by Heart
I started this year thinking I’d make a few swaps in my usual food shop and I’d be able to cut out a large chunk of the plastic in my bin. I was wrong. It’s hard. Really hard. As in almost impossible!
I’ve seen the zero waste tribe in articles. They seem like lovely people but unfortunately they seem unrelatable. They have to eat Weetabix for breakfast (the only cereal wrapped in paper), they buy grains in zero waste shops (I have no idea where one of these is), milk in glass bottles (double the price of other milk) and can save their rubbish in a jam jar. I obviously admire these people but could I do that? I doubt it.
Don’t get me wrong, I *AM* committed to reducing my impact but perhaps not as much as they are. I don’t buy takeaway coffee and I use the plastic boxes from the Chinese takeaway for food and craft storage. But EVERYTHING is wrapped in plastic! The food we buy, the clothes we order, even the eco deodorant I bought was delivered wrapped in plastic bubble wrap!
The thing is, we shouldn’t have to live on Weetabix and brown rice (if we don’t want to). We shouldn’t have to tell our kids that they can’t have crisps because of the packaging. We should be able to live comfortably knowing that the things we buy have been carefully designed so they don’t damage the environment. It should be the manufacturers and retailers that are leading the way. They should be using corn starch and biodegradable alternatives. They shouldn’t be allowed to produce over packaged goods which are going to end up in landfill. It should be part of the design process to work out where and how these things will be disposed of.
That’s the dream at least. Those zero wasters are fantastic for showing us what can be done and how we all could be living one day. Until then, we have to do the best we can. Most importantly, we have to understand that we are only human and we’re not perfect. So don’t beat yourself up if you like crisps but do let your favourite brands know that they need to change too.