Here’s what I picked up at Lemon Street Market today. Part of it is my order from Abundant Earth Co-op and part of it is off the shelves at the store. I dropped off the jars for Trish on Monday morning and she filled them up with my bulk order (G/F oats, rice, chocolate chips, quinoa). The rest is cans of coconut milk, a case of Annie’s mac and cheese, bananas, and ginger. (Is there a plastic-lining in the Annie’s cheese packet? Ooh, I’ll have to check that out.)
While I was in the store Steve called and said “Can you pick up some treats for me to take to a talk tonight?” I replied “The only plastic-free treats I can find are home-made chocolate chip cookies that look good (and really big) but are $2.50 each.” We quickly came up with an idea for making hummus – I couldn’t buy it pre-made because it came in a plastic tub, but I could buy the can of garbanzo beans and two lemons! So as I was walking home Steve was putting the tahini and garlic in the cuisinart, and when I got home he dropped in the garbanzo beans and the lemon juice, and 5 minutes later he was out the door with the hummus. A small victory for the zero-plastic-influx house!
I’m making a small list of “quirky things you can do to reduce plastic consumption”. Here’s number 1: wear thin socks underneath your polyester tights when you are wearing boots. They make your tights last longer, and make your feet feel better anyway. The day will come when I darn my tights! I’ll post for SURE about that.