I am all fired up today – all fired up about sneaky plastics. You know the ones, you go to the grocery shop, with the best intentions, you’ve been to the farmers market and the bulk store, but there are a few things that you need from the conventional grocery store. You walk in with your list, you stick to the perimeters and for the most part, feel good about your package free shopping. Then you hit the Zero Waste challenge of the day – a choice between a bad option, or a worse option.
For me, this week, it was spinach. The farmers market didn’t have any left, and I really, really needed some. This was not a time where I could substitute for something else. So at the conventional store, my choice was between a bag of spinach or a box of spinach. I figured, a box is better, not only because a box is not plastic, but the box of frozen spinach often contains more spinach than the bags.
I got home with my spinach to begin my meal prep, only to find that inside the box was a plastic sleeve to hold the spinach cubes. I had even squeezed the package in the store to try and see if I could hear that plastic sound – but I heard nothing!
I was really angry with myself at first, I had brought home a piece of plastic. I felt like I had let myself and the planet down. I was so angry.
But I slowly began to change my tune. I did everything in my power to make the best decision possible, and at this point, it is up to the companies to change their behavior.
This is so aggravating, but just like everything in Zero Waste, there is something we can do. So I am going to write a letter to the company, explaining how unnecessary I feel that the extra packaging is and that I won’t be buying their product again until this changes. If enough people stop purchasing their product because of this, they will change it!
I would love to hear from you when you have found these sneaky plastics out in the world – so comment below!