I failed my first day of Plastic Free July!
I was full of enthusiasm and ready to go. Popped to the shops to get some fruit in my reusable produce bags. Ticking all the boxes and making the right choices.
The rain was falling hard so we hung out at home baking and chilling out. The kids had been fed and my partner Dixie said “lets just get takeaway for our dinner”. It is rare for us to buy takeaway and an Indian Curry was calling my name. I didn’t even think about how the meal was packaged. Dixie came home and unloaded some plastic takeaway containers on the table.
And just like that I failed!
It was time to dust myself off and start again. But once again I failed. I don’t like to think of it as failing rather a learning experience.
Looking around the supermarkets I discovered it is actually very hard to avoid plastic. I could not find a plastic free option for several items so I just bought what I needed. Any mother will know when you are shopping with small children you want to get in and out as soon as possible.
When I returned from shopping I looked at the items I bought in plastic and thought how I could avoid them next time. Could I make these items myself? I jumped online, found recipes, places that sell yoghurt in glass jars and shops that sell food in bulk bins.
So I am taking baby steps and avoiding as much plastic as possible. Researching and working out alternatives.
Thankfully my friends at Biome Eco Stores came to my rescue. They provided me with some reusable products to help me achieve my goals.
Klean Kanteen is a stainless steel water bottle which is perfect for our life style. We are always enjoying the outdoors, camping and bush walking. I love that the Klean Kanteen bottle is durable and will not break unlike plastic water bottles. It is really handy to have a sports top so you can have a drink on the go. Plus it is easy to hang onto the bottle with a ring at the top.
Like most Aussies I have an obsession with coffee! I usually get my coffee to go and I never realised that takeaway coffee cups could not be recycled. A Keep Cup is the perfect solution to get your coffee on the go and reduce disposable cup waste.
Baristas were happy to use the KeepCup as the are a standard size. The silicone band kept the heat away from my hand so it is easy to hold. My main concern was taking the cup home once I had finished. We were staying out for a while and I didn’t want to carry the cup around. I put the splash proof closure on the drinking hole and it didn’t leak in my bag!
LunchBots – Bento Cinco
Recently I took the children on a 4 hour road trip. Doing the trip on my own I was prepared and filled a LunchBots Bento Box with snacks. The children had their snacks so they could eat when they were hungry. There was no more bugging me for food, I could concentrate on driving.
The bento box is perfect for road trips and now it is being used as a school lunch box. With 5 different compartments you can easily separate items. I had to keep it away from my partner as he wanted to use it to store his nuts and bolts!
It has taken me a little while to get in the habit of taking a bag to the shops with me. The Bang Bag is a great size and made from natural fibres. On numerous occasions I have had it filled to the brim with heavy products and it was very strong.
Have I really failed Plastic Free July? I don’t think so!
For me Plastic Free July has opened my eyes and created an awareness of how much plastic we use and discard on a daily basis. Slowly I am changing my habits and making better choices. We are changing our behaviours so we can protect our environment for my children and future generations.
Thanks to Biome Eco Stores you can win yourself a Klean Kanteen, Bang Bag, KeepCup and LunchBots – Bento Cinco.
The competition is available on Instagram, click here to enter. Goodluck!
**We received these products for the purpose of this review. All the opinions of the product in this review are my own**