It’s been quite a zero-wastey couple of days! I made my first trip to a zero waste shop yesterday, stocked up on lovely glass storage jars for all my goodies, started to organise the food cupboards and seriously decluttered the kitchen. Exciting as it is, I do sometimes feel that this might be quite a lonely path I’m on, and that most of the rest of the world doesn’t quite get it!
But first, the positives. Meeting a truly like-minded person in her wonderful zero-waste shop was inspiring, humbling and reassuring all at once. Stacey at the fabulous Zero Green in Bristol (www.zerogreenbristol.co.uk) was really patient with all my questions; our slow shopping trip around all the jars and dispensers with our higgledy-piggledy collection of homemade bags, and my five-and-three-quarter-year-old who wanted to help! What a great place. It’s not huge but wow, what a range of lovely goods! We really stocked up!
So, with all our bags of loveliness, we needed to get some more glass jars so off we trotted to IKEA with promises of meatballs for tea! A few weeks back, I ordered some jars from Amazon. A set of six 750 ml jars. Well, each jar came in a box; then three boxes were put into another box, and both boxes of three were put into yet another box! It was like pass the parcel. So, I thought, IKEA it is. Everything is out on the shelves and you just pick it up – don’t you?
Well, I was slightly dismayed to find that each of the jars had a plastic bag inside which contained the rubber gasket and an A4 piece of paper with one sentence in 31 languages. The bamboo and silicone lids for the glass storage containers all come wrapped in plastic. It was a bit annoying to say the least.
But I decided that in the long run, a little plastic packaging at the start is still a lot better than plastic bag after plastic bag of rice, sugar, dried fruit and all the other things that come packaged up.
So I set to removing all the packaging and ended up with this pile:
Most of it is recyclable here in Frome, but the plastic bags are still not. I had to grit my teeth and throw those in the bin.
But how happy was I when I had sorted this:
I’ll save tales of my decluttering for another day but will leave you with another positive. I ordered myself a new stainless steel lunchbox which I bought with a birthday Amazon voucher. It was called a Mintie Duo Lunchbox set and it is available on Amazon and also on their own website www.environmetallife.co.uk
What I really wanted to share was their wonderful packaging. It came snugly wrapped in one sheet of tissue paper and then slid into a cardboard box with not a millimetre of spare space. Just as packaging, if you have to have it, should be – sustainable and minimal.
So, as a great frog once said, “It’s not easy being green”. But when places like IKEA can make it feel a bit of a slog, other places like Zero Green and Environmental Life can make it feel like a breeze.