Now that I’m not so tied up with classes and backpacking, I finally got around to letting y’all know how Plastic Free July went.
Being in a new country and trying to find plastic-free alternatives proved to be very difficult! It didn’t help that I wasn’t totally sure how to say “no straw please” in German or any of the local languages of the places I was traveling to. I basically ended up just avoiding anything that could come with a straw! 😀
I thought it would be easier in Germany with plastic bags generally costing money in grocery stores and the emphasis on manufacturing. BUT like I’ve discussed before, it seems that people who recycle actually use way more plastic!
The ice cream I ate at lunch came in plastic. Even if I got my tea in a non-plastic cup, they tried to give me a lid or the dreaded straw!
Of course I try to drink it in the shop so I can use a reusable cup, but sometimes you just have to take it on the go!
One time I bought a glass bottle of lemonade because I was craving lemonade (why else!?!) and the darn thing came with a plastic top but I didn’t realize until I had already left the store!
As most of you know, I am vegetarian because I believe it is the kindest way to eat when considering animals, the environment, and our bodies. Well, there were a couple times when the only vegetarian food at the cafeteria was a wrap wrapped in plastic wrap! (How many times can I saw “wrap” in one sentence?) When it comes to deciding between meat, plastic, and going hungry, I personally chose plastic. It didn’t help that the apartment I was living in didn’t have a working kitchen! I’m hoping in the future I won’t have this problem because I will be able to prepare and bring my food from home with plastic-free containers, but for now I’m doing what I can!
Below I will go through all of the plastic I used during July. It was definitely not a total success, but it really showed me how much plastic I was truly using even though I felt that I was successfully being a conscious consumer.
Plastic I Used This July
- One lemonade lid
- One water bottle
- Plastic wrap (x2)
As you can see, I definitely went long stretches of time without plastic which was something I had never done before!
If you didn’t get a chance to try Plastic Free July, don’t worry you don’t have to wait until next July! You can try Plastic Free October or just Plastic Free Today! It’s great to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to show a little more compassion towards the Earth than we normally do.
Did you do Plastic Free July or are you always plastic-free? Let me know down below and if you have any tips, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂