I’m pretty vigilant about not using single use plastics, but they still find their way into my home, most commonly via food packaging.
I take my cloth bags to the grocery store, my stainless steel tumbler to the coffee shop or just filled with tap water when I am out and about.
Shopping second-hand eliminates some of this single use plastic influx, but I still end up with a distressing amout of plastic in my home.
The above plastic bag arrived in my home, wrapping a house-warming present from a beloved friend. So rather than a rude, “Eeewww! Plastic!” response to my gift, I took both the present and wrap as a gift and began the process of recycling/reusing/repurposing the single use plastic bag.
I’m not sure when/where I will need a plastic bag, but I will make this one useful by making it small and locatable. First, I fold it neatly.
And keep going until you have this end product:
And this little bitty plastic thing can be tucked away in the car glove box, the back pack, the mud room sorting bin, the yacht, the preschool diaper bin, the homeless shelter…[you get the idea] until the need for this type of plastic is superior to using cloth or wood or metal for the situation at hand.
Then you pull it out, and give it a second life. And hopefully after that, a third and fourth, before it’s inevitable recycle.
Because it is not about being 1000% perfect, it is about moving the needle in a healthier direction.