Rachel Cooper is our volunteer co-ordinator and is relatively new to Plastic Diet. Rachel explains how her Two Weeks Without challenge has increased her awareness of the plastic consumption issue even more.
‘Two Weeks Without’ has so far been more of a challenge than I thought it would be. I used to think I lived a life relatively free of single-use plastic. This experience has made me think about all the plastic that is not food consumption related.
Instead of buying a new tube of tooth paste, I used baking soda. I will definitely continue to brush my teeth this way as it makes them really white as well. Another good experience I have had was when I went to buy sushi with a friend. Instead of getting a takeaway pack, I asked if they could make it there and we ate it off reusable plates instead. This enabled us to sit together and gave us a good amount of time to catch up which otherwise we wouldn’t have had.
At the supermarket, I had quite a lot of fresh produce (none wrapped in plastic!) to carry. I forgot my reusable material bag so instead I struggled to carry all of my food. A kind man next to me saw what I was doing and thought it was great that I chose not to take a plastic bag. He then helped me carry some of my food to the car.
Not using single use plastic has many great benefits and I have found that it has many positive social benefits as well as environmental ones.