Plastic-Free February – Week 2 – ugh

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Holy plastic packaging obstacle course! I accepted Rodale’s challenge to go plastic-free in February thinking that I was pretty savvy about the plastic thing and that I could master a plastic-free universe with a minimum of trauma.  Wow, I am humbled by the magnitude of plastic I’ve gotten used to – to the point that I don’t even realize it is there!

Week 1 was relatively easy because I didn’t really need to go shopping for anything, so I could control the incoming plastic.

Week 2? Not so much. I bounced along to the market with my reusable shopping bags with a little trepidation, knowing it would be challenging to side step plastic, but once I started to consider non-plastic-packaged options, my confidence was shattered. Honestly, because we were having a big family luncheon and superbowl shindig, the crisis became one of mental exhaustion – trying to figure out how to create EVERY detail from serious scratch in order to avoid plastic packaging was beyond my capacity. So, I cheated and told Wayne, he had to do the packaged buying this week (dunno what will happen next week – stay tuned!).

I’ve come to the conclusion that to avoid plastic packaging means DIY from scratch. Now I know how much I’ve leaned on plastic for convenience. ugh.

I looked at my bathroom counter this morning and tried to imagine how I might get along without some of my favorite products that seem ALL to be packaged in plastic. double ugh. The picture above is my bathroom counter – note the nice glass brown bottle in front (yes, but even that has a plastic top!!!!!). I made my own facial cleanser and bottled it for family members for the holidays and gave myself one. That’s it? The only almost-non-plastic container of my favorite bathroom things?!?! Ok . . . so, in order to avoid all this plastic packaging, I’ve got to make all my own skincare and personal care products? In theory, I like it and think it is a healthier choice all the way around, but in reality . . .

This has been an education and I’m someone who considers herself pretty anti-plastic already.

Thanks Rodale! (she said with some exasperation, sarcasm and also with some sincerity)

Hope to be a better participant in the challenge by next week!

eat. blog. be merry.
gd meg

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Green Diva Meg'

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas media brand and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular 50 Shades of Green Divas podcast (formerly the Green Divas Radio Show), and now the refreshing and inspiring GD Spirit Pub podcast. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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