Oh no – that’s it!
This morning I had a big fat fail in the form of an apple and cinnamon doughnut. Now, these deliciously greasy treats only came into my life as a direct result of visiting the local bakery for plastic-bag-free bread. Until today, this was a positive thing, but as I happily chatted to the lady next to me in the queue, waiting for my goodies to be bagged up in their usual paper bags, I was presented with said doughnut in a paper bag with a cellophane window, Arghhh!
The greasy culprit – it tasted delicious but it ruined my Plastic Challenge
I voiced my dismay, and understandably the lady behind the counter explained that people usually complain that they’re so greasy, a paper bag isn’t up to the job. This is a good point, but usually the doughnut does exist in my world for long enough for it to be much of a problem.
The shopkeeper did offer to take the bag back, but she would have put it straight in the bin which would not only have been an utter waste of the single-use plastic bag but would also use another paper one. So, I resigned myself to a fail on Day 28 of the Plastic Challenge.
But, I shall not be beaten and my own personal Plastic Challenge will continue.
Everything else came in a paper bag, but they sneakily wrapped the doughnut in one with a plastic window!
The reason I signed up for the Plastic Challenge was to force myself into making some changes. I’d found myself repeatedly becoming annoyed and frustrated by the ridiculous amount of over-packaging in our lives. And whilst much of this is difficult to avoid, the Plastic Challenge journey has shown me that there are choices out there.
If more people are willing to say no to single-use plastic, then things can and will change. Just look at the plastic carrier bag charge: Only a couple of years ago people thought I was some weird, hippy, bag lady for taking my own canvas bags to shops and reusing (and even washing) plastic carrier bags – thank goodness for self-service tills which don’t judge you! But now that there’s a charge for plastic carrier bags, re-using them has become the norm.
So maybe some of these changes could be enforced by a nanny state? They could push consumers into changing their habits by simply making it more expensive to choose plastic. Let’s face it, the government will be desperately looking for new ways to raise money post referendum, so maybe this could be their chance to introduce a single-use plastic tax and rid our world of all this unnecessary and uncompostable over-packaging.