While I want to be 100% on board for this less waste thing, it’s not going to happen over night. Especially since my husband doesn’t completely understand the rules…yet. And we don’t have much disposable income. So, that can seem like it really puts a damper on things.
Yesterday, my husband, Ben, had the day off and he went to Costco. We mother effing love Costco. Except, I am a little less in love with it now that I am not oblivious of our waste problem. So, I knew a few products he was going to buy that have waste and I was on the fence about it. For example, we can get a 2 pack of GIANT white vinegar jugs for less than $4 and for some unknown reason, white vinegar has gone up in price at the regular grocery store. While I would love to buy our vinegar in those tiny glass jars, we use it for cleaning and cooking. And so, I don’t feel 100% bad that we buy it in bulk and it comes in plastic. I mean. I feel 100% bad that it comes in plastic. But we buy it in the largest size we can. I also knew he was going to buy chicken, which comes in an easy to freeze 6 pack. So, we can just pull out one when we need it. Like I said, we don’t have much of a disposable income, so we do what is most economical for us. STRAWBERRIES. I mother effing love strawberries. Just ask my mom. They’re in season right now and Costco sells them in a GIANT PLASTIC CLAM SHELL. Why can’t I recycle that? I don’t know. But my recycling company says it’s trash. He asked if he should buy them. And while I didn’t encourage him, I didn’t really discourage him either. So, he bought them. Then he went to another store for some salsa/dinner produce. And he brought home plastic bags. Big frowny face. Don’t worry, I educated him on why we aren’t bringing home plastic bags any more if we can help it.
And then I went to the grocery store today. And I brought home a three things wrapped in plastic. Item 1. I needed some dried rosemary and while I was prepared with my new bulk bags that I made, I figured that the rosemary was going to weigh way less than the actual bag I was going to put it in. So, I put it in one of the tiny plastic bags. I was kind of glad I did because the cashier had to CALL someone to get the right price and I was so glad it wasn’t in a homemade bag so that I didn’t have to explain it. I also bought some bulk garbanzo beans. At first I was so embarrassed to put them in my homemade bag. But then I kept thinking about it and I marched right over and used my fabric bags. NO PLASTIC! YAY! Item 2. The second thing I bought that was wrapped in plastic was mason jars. I bought a set of the “limited edition” blue wide mouth jars. It was an impulse purchase. So sue me. Item 3. Dairygold Mexican Sour Cream. I love sour cream. But I LOVE Mexican Sour Cream. No. I don’t know what makes it “Mexican,” but it is delicious. And I love it and could eat it every day of my life. BUT GUESS WHAT! Those were the only three things I brought home that had plastic involved! Go me!
Then I got home and realized we were almost out of liquid dish soap. I admit, we are so guilty of using more soap than we actually need. We go through dish soap so fast. I know my husband is going to think I am Bat Sh*t insane for this one. But, I had purchased a bar of Dr. Bronners soap while at the store. And I read some people use that for their dishes. So, I tried it. I rubbed the dish scrubber on it and then cleaned a plate. I rinsed it off. Smelled it. Seems fine. I may change my mind on this later, but so far so good. Shrug emoji. Honestly, if I continue to like it, it will be awesome because it will prevent us from using more soap than we need and it doesn’t come in plastic bottles.
I will update you more on our adjustment and observation period. I hope that you will stick with me.