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.