Over on our Facebook page (you have liked us, right?), we recently asked what the most difficult “green change” was for people to make in real life. A couple people commented that they were overwhelmed by how much plastic was involved in their food packaging.
While it’s true that most cities have recycling programs for plastic, many of us would like to avoid having plastic come in contact with our food in the first place. It’s also a good idea to discourage the manufacturing of plastic, and the best way to do that is by eliminating its use from our daily lives whenever possible.
But plastic seems to be everywhere!
Is it possible to get food from the source to your table without introducing plastic in some form?
Here are a few suggestions for removing plastic from your food cycle:
- Start a garden. Even people living in small spaces can take advantage of container gardens and window sill gardens to grow vegetables and herbs. Herbs and spices are commonly packaged in plastic, but not when you’re snipping them off your own plant!
- Pick your own food. Some local farms will allow consumers to come and harvest their own produce, eliminating the need for the clear plastic containers in which berries are often sold.
- Shop at local farmer’s markets. Buying local cuts down on the resources that are used to bring your food to you, including gas and oil. Farmer’s markets are also a good place to find food that hasn’t been overly packaged.
- Bring your own containers to the store. Use an organic cotton shopping bag to bring home your groceries and smaller mesh bags for your individual produce purchases.
Making a big difference in the world comes down to making small changes every day. These small changes, when made over time, can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic you use.