I am just getting less and less willing to deal with plastic, particularly plastic that can’t be recycled. I’m also much less willing to put food in plastic.
So one step I’ve taken is to wash and remove the labels from glass jars after I use them. Then, if I’m going to share homemade soup with someone, it can go into a glass jar for the trip to their homestead. And I’ve been just throwing away the number 5 plastic that most delis use – all that gassing off it does goes right into our food. I don’t even want to see it or think about it. I haven’t started taking my glass jars to What’s for Dinner yet, for them to fill up, but that’ll happen soon.
So when I ran out coriander and cinnamon a few days ago, I decided to use two tiny glass bottles I already had (one was a tiny catsup bottle from a restaurant). Clifton Natural Foods sells bulk spices, so I bought a half ounce of each – which they put in plastic bags. When I got them home, the spices went into the little glass jars, with the labels from the bags in the jar with them. I feel good about having made that switch. Next time, I’ll take the little jars to Clifton Natural, so the spices never have to spend time in plastic.
I decided just a while ago not to buy any more of a goat milk yogurt I’ve been buying, because their plastic container can’t be recycled. I’ll email them about it first, to give them a chance to change and convince me they’ve changed.
I’m just getting more and more serious about doing this. It is so wrong to use a non-renewable resource like plastic, which gasses off and is affecting our health in ways we don’t even know about, to hold our food.
I’m glad that Keller’s IGA, Staples and Bigg’s have cartons where we can recycle plastic bags right inside their doors. Hope Remke’s keeps that up, once they buy Bigg’s.
p.s. and here’s another thought I’ve been thinking lately: when I was a kid, in the late 40’s and early 50’s, breast cancer almost did not exist. I’ve watched those numbers go up all my life. Now it’s a bit more than 1 in 8. So it’s something we’ve been doing to ourselves, in a relatively short period of time. May or may not have anything directly to do with plastic, but is just symptomatic of our disregard for ourselves – at the same time we tend to overindulge in everything. Quite the paradox, isn’t it?