My girls woke up this morning, asked me what day it is, and when they heard they yelled “Yay! Month less plastic! No more trips to the grocery store!”. It’s true, we’re on day 1 of our second annual Month Less Plastic, a month during which we carefully track our purchases to see if we can bring no new plastic into our lives. We are doomed to fail from the beginning, for a variety of reasons, but the attempt is always illuminating. Over the last year, we’ve made lasting changes that have reduced our use of plastic and improved our quality of life; now we want more.
This year, in addition to our effort to avoid all new plastic, we’ll be working on finding non-corporate sources for what we do purchase. For starters, that means we’ll be making our own marshmallows this weekend for our planned campfire, to avoid the delicious organic marshmallows in the plastic bag at our local grocery store.
We’re already doomed to fail in our attempt to get off the corporate food grid, too: I’m baking 180 macaroons for a friend’s bat mitzvah, and that requires a trip to the store today. But this isn’t a contest to see how much we can deny ourselves, to hunker down and tough it out. This is about finding new ways to connect to our community, to find a sustainable lifestyle that supports our neighbors, impacts less heavily on our planet, and doesn’t empty our bank account. We know from last year’s month less plastic and our No Impact Week that these changes we make really do bring more joy to our life, they are expansive in the best ways, not constrictive.
Please visit our friend Liesl’s blog for a lovely post about this Month Less Plastic, complete with a dizzying short film that we had to watch 3 times in a row.