Well life is continuing and rest assured I am still on the path to being plastic-free. I think one reason I have not been updating this blog regularly is that I'm at a rather boring part of the journey - that being, I am plodding along with very few new developments.
I think that we all have these moments in any journey, whether literal or metaphorical. Sometimes there are times where you just know you have to keep going and that new milestones or landmarks will present themselves soon. My fiancé and I have been regularly going to Friends Of The Earth
and now most of our personal hygiene products come from there, as well as a lot of our dairy products and staples like muesli and oil. We are still seeing the naturopath and, as things often go, her suggestions are going hand in hand with our aims to avoid plastic. Eating things that are less processed automatically results in less packaging and less waste. Even things like the plastic produce bags in supermarkets are no obstacle - I only use them when necessary, for things like beans or lettuce mix, and everything else I just chuck in the trolley as is. You don't need a bag for a potato or a zucchini or capsicum that you're going to wash anyway! And the bags that I do use, for the smaller items, I rinse and dry them and take them to the supermarket again. I hate using plastic at all but at least until I find an alternative I'm not causing any new waste.
I have also started my veggie garden finally, and I have kale, broccoli and lettuce growing in my backyard. Hopefully that goes good.
So I guess to sum up, life is still pretty much as it was. But perhaps that in itself proves my point; it's not hard to stick to the small changes we can all make. It's easy to do all this stuff and make it become habit, because then you are on auto-pilot and are making a difference even when you're not concentrating on doing so. Then, when you get the energy or opportunity to take things to the next level, you can. This is how, in my opinion, people like Beth Terry
have managed to reduce their plastic use to something like 2% of what they previously used. I don't know what my percentage is at right now, but I'll get there I'm sure.