And it seems crazy, after only a few months, to buy something in a container that is used only once, to carry an item from one place to another, after which the container is put in a landfill until roughly the end of time. It is something I had never considered before this year, and now it seems like madness.
So after my little panic attack the other day about the environmental impact of my reheated left-overs lunch, I have decided to evaluate our food one product at a time, to prevent a total manic breakdown. I am going to start with meat. We like meat here at Chez Blueday. We don't want a lot of meat, but we want some. We like meat from animals that have been raised humanely and kindly treated until the end of their lives.
Sometimes that meat arrives in our house on plastic trays, always in a plastic bag (inside my 'green' carry bag, of course!). I will make the trip to our local butcher next week, and discover the simplest way to get our meat without a plastic bag being involved. Maybe I will need to take a glass container to put it in. Because even if it is just wrapped in paper, that paper won't be fit for recycling. Maybe it could be composted...
The marvellous thing about plastic bags is that they are so easy.
But so precious, made with all that million year old sunlight.