I won’t lie, shopping plastic free can be challenging. Last night Sarah and I had a conversation about the differences in our shopping habits. She feels as though I try hard to purchase all the things we did before starting life without plastic. Sarah’s approach is quite different – she has just accepted there are things that are really hard to get without plastic, and has managed to cut them out of her life (or make delicious homemade versions – mayonnaise and crackers come top of mind) .
So I was browsing today at Drive Organics – great store with a great bulk section – and I cam across this thing of beauty:
The first thing that came to mind here (and really when I thought of our North American facination with over-plastic-ing things) is our obsession with ‘food safety’. Now truthfully, I am glad we have strong standards with some things, but really do we need to put a plastic seal on EVERY food item in the store.
I was worried I would open the latch, flip the lid and see a plastic seal, and lucky for us that wasn’t the case. In case you were wondering – its a product of France!
La Parfait indeed! (that’s what the jar says if you can’t read it).
I hate to admit it, but as the clock struck midnight and the new year began Sarah and I were in bed, listening to our neighbours hooting and hollering, lighting fireworks and celebrating. Yes for us it was an uneventful but very relaxing New Years Eve, no huge plans and thus no big let downs (as in New Years’ past).
Yes, it was uneventful but as the calendar changed so to does our life. Sarah and I (Matthew) have decided to live 2012 without any new plastics! I can tell you that I am nervous, excited, and really anxious to get the project on the road.