Hope I’m not boring you about a dream I had about the ocean and what that dream propelled me to do. At the time I had the dream, I made a pledge (without too much thought and no end date!) to avoid bringing new hard plastics into my life. Now, I’m into my third year—who knew?
Since I pledged, I have been faced with a dilemma, mostly about personal care products, because I ran out of the products I had been using. Although I have been able to buy shampoo, lotion, massage oil, and bath gel in bulk (filling up plastic containers I already owned), I ended up purchasing toothpaste, dental floss, and sunscreen in plastic containers because I didn’t know any other way to get these necessary items.
Enter the Internet—where I found information about making almost anything, from deodorant to toothpaste to sunscreen and more. But looking at what it takes to make my own products, I felt forced to ask, Do I need this? (A bit of double entendre there.) If so, I have granted myself dispensation to buy it in plastic until I decide if I want to or can make it myself.
Something similar happened in my kitchen at the beginning of the pledge when I realized that I didn’t have the motivation to make or find acceptable packaging for everything that had previously been on my full-o’-plastic shopping list (hummus, eggplant dip, yogurt, cottage cheese, salsa, pesto, and so on). Now my husband or I make these items only when we are inspired—which brings a certain creativity and excitement not experienced when just purchasing them at the store.
I have gotten used to asking Do I need this? on all of my shopping trips—which has turned out to be quite useful for saving money in these worrisome times. My life feels simpler and more creative—a nice bit of fallout from my no-hard-plastics pledge. Soft plastics (like food packaging) are still alive and well in my life (overwhelmingly impossible to give up?).
One step at a time, eh?