It happened on a cold winters eve…JK! It was sunny out, we just finished jumping on giant inflatables for my nephews birthday party, & we were happy off our jumping endorphins! My brother was tasked with buying the birthday treat since his son is extremely picky when it comes to food…even chocolate covered foods (weird right?!). I cringed while he picked out two desserts contained in plastic (I came from out of town without a cake) & he proceeded to buy two coca-colas in plastic bottles. Being well trained in “no bags please,” the words came out of my mouth & I picked up both desserts while leaving the cokes to my brother & well able-bodied nine year old nephew to carry two small bottles. However, while we were almost out the door, my brother slides the bottles into a plastic bag. I exclaim, “Really JJ? You need a bag for two bottles?” His demeanor changed from “Yay, let’s go eat cake,” to severly POed.
“Keep your hippie-dippie shit to yourself, I need convenience.”
I’ve read on other blogs & instagram posts & zero waste journey group chats about other peoples families rebelling against their zero waste goals, but I had not yet experienced it. If family members didn’t care, I’m sure they unfollow me, scroll past my post, & NEVER read this silly blog, but tell me to my face, this was a first!
I let it go…(thanks Elsa!) I let my brother believe I was some hippie protesting against plastic bags for NO GOOD REASON! I definitely DO NOT have my nephews & niece in mind or the countless other babies my friends are having. I definitely want my yard to continue to fill with Frito bags, fast food drink cups, & random bits of styrofoam. I DEFINITELY want to drive down the road & have plastic bags flying through the air – – – – NOT!!!!
Convenience now, more polluted water, air, & over-all destruction of our earth later. Simple change here, simple change there. Did I use to buy pre-cut broccoli & individually wrapped candies… uh, duh!!! Just like everybody else! Not a hesitation or second thought. Shopping used to be incredibly easy. I used to think of how amazing I was when I brought my own bags seven years ago when it started become “a thing.”
Grocery shopping has definitely become more of a strategy. I need to use or take items out of my mesh produce bags before I can reuse them. I need to make sure my roommate doesn’t use my quart size mason jars for his smoothies so I can use them at the bulk section. I need to bring the right size containers for my meat so I can stock up instead of getting two things. A plan of attack is needed when trying for a less wasteful lifestyle. I am making shopping with the least waste purchased a goal every time I go so this is eventually a habit.
Has anybody made comments about your refusal of single-use plastics? How did you react? Is your family on board?! Let me know & let’s chat!