Friday, 13 July 2018

Plastic Free July In My Kitchen

Its Plastic Free July, an initiative that started in the land of Oz in 2011 and has spread world-wide.  Over the years we have in our home been composting food waste and peelings, recycling glass, tins, paper and reducing our use of plastic or at least ditching single use plastic, but we do sometimes become complacent and its not good enough (see bottom of blog post when we went on holiday).   

We are now trying to make more of a concerted effort especially when we go shopping.  For example, we ditched our usual brand name brown sauce that comes in non-recyclable plastic bottles for a supermarket brand that comes in a glass jar.  It didn't taste that bad either. 
I picked up these bamboo lunch boxes to slowly replace the plastic ones that presently use to take into work.

We continue to re-use glass jars from Douwe Egberts Coffee for flours, grains and beans. Click here, I wrote about it last September.  
We do use both cotton and jute bags for supermarket and grocery shopping and have done so many many years, but we have been caught out a few times without the bags.   I don't think the 5p tariff on plastic bags is enough, it should be 50p and those shoppers that still do not care about the environment will feel the pinch.  

Some of the times when we have forgotten out jute bags, we will carry the shopping in our arms, but other times we have been guilty of buying some non-degradable plastic bags.  This Baggu that neatly folds into a bag was given to me by my American friend Ingrid. Its in my work bag now. 
I also invested these Veggio carrinet as we are avoiding buying fruit and vegetables in plastic bags and buying them loose.  

We have also decided to swap  our Supermarket (which I don't like very much anyway as they put the vegetarian food right in the middle of the meat aisle) for Morrisons and Asda.  Morrisons are making an effort and are providing paper bags for some vegetables and for those of you who eat fish or meat, can take your container.  I am not saying they are perfect (as I have been disappointed with their wonky veg, which was more vegetables going off rather than wonky), but they seem to be moving in the right direction. 
D and me are always baffled when we watch the Marathon televised and plastic bottles of water are being given out to runners and then lobbed by the runners into the environment.  The irony.  Well I must confess, I was rather pleased to find Aquapax - natural mineral water in a paper carton that is recyclable.  it wasn't even that expensive £1.25.  I found it in Holland & Barrett, but noted that not all Holland&Barrett's sell them.  I don't understand why these are not on supermarket shelves.  
We have lots of vegetables and fruit coming from the garden - click here - if you want to admire my homegrown produce.  I picked up the above painted vegetable pictures from a charity shop.  I liked them, D wasn't particularly that keen.



In May, we went to Northern and Southern Ireland for a holiday or vacation as our American friends would say.  I had hoped to have picked up more foodie related stuff to showcase in My Kitchen, but it was a whirlwind road trip of the coast with little time for leisurely walks in .
Every home cook deserves a Tea Towel, this one was picked up from Knock, a village in County Mayo.
Lucky Leprecaun Lollipops for the grown up nephews and nieces.
Melting Pot Traditional Irish Fudge Th
These were picked up at Belfast Market.
And also a bag of Smoked Antrim Coast Dulse also from Belfast Market. 

I know its too late to join in IMK, but I am still sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, an opportunity to take a peek into fellow bloggers kitchen world wide. 

14 comments:

  1. We have some of the Veggio produce bags, oh my goodness they attract attention! Everytime I use them at least one person asks me about them, hopefully that's a good thing.

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    1. You are right, they certainly do. But in a way a good thing as others may be encouraged to invest too

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  2. we're gradually phasing out plastic from the kitchen..things are storing better in glass or metal anyway!
    But then I look at my yoghurt and icecream makers...but at least they aren't containers to be discarded

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    1. I agree things store better in glasses that metal. Some household things are made of plastic but they are used often - I think having a yogurt maker is better than buying yogurt that come in little plastic pots that are not often recyclable

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  3. no worries shaheen. I have added your post to the IMK link. I have my ways:=) thanks so much for joining us. love all your ideas about being plastic-free. since the start of this month, our supermarkets no longer have plastic bags (except for the fruit and veg which is ridiculous) so this is a great way to help the planet! have a great month. cheers sherry x

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    1. Thank you so so much Sherry - much appreciated and so pleased to be part of IMK as always. Missed it last month.

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  4. So many good plastic-free ideas here! I truly hate all that plastic packaging. I also carry my jutebag with me, and feel really guilty for buying a plastic bag in case I can't transport the shopping otherwise. I also need to fully lose those vegetable bags, as I'm occasionally guilty as charged...
    How did you like Ireland? I lived for a couple of years in Belfast. Do post more from your trip, would be interesting to read.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thanks VegHog. I will blog about our trip to Northern and Southern Ireland soon. So interesting to read that you lived in Belfast. I loved the market especially.

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    2. Yes, I lived there around 2007-2008, and worked right next to the market! I haven't been there since, so it will be good to read about your trip.

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  5. REally interesting to hear about how you are reducing plastic - supermarkets in Australia have recently started charging for plastic bags at the checkout but there is so much plastic packaging in the supermarket that we have a long long way to go but I think it is a good start. I need to get some alternative vegetable bags like yours - we buy soda water in plastic bottles and I wonder if it is sold in cardboard. I have also been trying to keep the use of straws in check lately - esp when we go out. Your irish holiday sounds good even if it went to quickly - love your teatowel and the fudge - and that smoked dulse sounds interesting. Hope to see how you use it.

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    1. Thanks Johanna, been doing it well before #PlasticFreeJuly, but thought I'd highlight it my small efforts through the initiative. Like you said its a good start for some supermarkets. Most fizzy and soda water drinks are sold in plastic bottles, we try to buy them in individual cans, I know they cost a bit more. I don't use straws personally, but still have a stash in my home from the veggie cafe days. I have seen paper straws, so hopefully you will track them down. Hope to share some pictures from my Irish holiday in the next couple of weeks. PS Sent you an email.

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  6. You are reflecting a trend that might help the environment if it becomes much more widespread. I haven't really made a 100% commitment to plastic-freedom, but I did just buy some silicone covers that seal to glass dishes or other containers and are a good replacement for plastic wrap. The amount of plastic in the oceans is terrifying!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae. I haven't made a 100% commitment to being plastic free either, but I am trying to reduce my wasteful consumption of it. I must confess I am still using clingfilm and am looking into purchasing those reusable beeswax papers featured I think on the original IMK hosts page. If we became all a bit more considered of our environment, we can all make an impact however small.

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  7. I must live in a cave, as I have never heard of this plastic-free initiative. It is a wonderful idea and one which will inspire my own efforts. Thanks for sharing about it. Hope you and D are enjoying summer.

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