There’s so much going on this month. First up, it’s Dry July. That’s the nation’s wake-up call to think about how much alcohol you consume and whether it might be time to curtail your nightly tipple. I started out well, and nice and early. Yes, I launched into it in June keen to let myself know that I didn’t have a dependency (just dependents – sorry kids!). I was sitting on the ferry coming home from the city and noticing it was filling up, reined in my belongings and indicated to a woman that there was a spare seat next to me. She sat down, thanking me, which was nice, though I wasn’t charging her for the seat (HaHa!), then popped up and asked if I would I keep an eye on her bag while she got a drink. No worries. Oh Lordy, she came back with a drink for me, too. Worse still, it was a pinky type of thing in a slim sexy can. And it was only 4.00pm. No one, I state NO ONE (well, not a stranger anyway) has ever bought me a drink on the ferry before, and I didn’t know what to do. I had to take a sip to be polite, but truly it was pretty ghastly and I had to tell her that I was unable to finish it (she didn’t seem to mind). Read about Dry July here
More on Plastic-free July
I have to say, I did notice about 10 years ago how food in plastic containers often became tainted, so I stopped buying plastic food containers and switched to glass. I love opening my pantry door to clean and shiny glass jars. I can see everything I have, instead of guessing what’s inside opaque plastic containers, and I swear, the food looks so amazing, so inviting, that it inspires me to cook. The pantry is a good place to start. Buy in bulk, filling paper bags and transferring to glass jars, or re-purpose your plastic containers and use them as ‘transporters’ to carry food from point of purchase to your home, to stop them going to landfill. Eventually, they will die – plastic containers eventually crack or split or become toxic (glass does not) – but by then you will have sorted yourself out and got used to purchasing products in different ways.