Reading various blog and twitter posts on ‘plastic-free July’ spurred me on to complete several things I’ve been meaning or trying to do for a while. Small changes, but like everything else, if we all make small changes the cumulative effect is great. So in July (and August) I:
- knitted my dishcloths while away on holiday. Such a brilliantly portable project. They have now replaced the microfibre cloths we’ve used for years
- began buying milk in glass bottles instead of plastic. I drink a lot of milk (too much, but I’m finding it hard to cut it down. Still trying….). The saving here is easy to compute: 2 large (4 pint) bottles each week, so 104 of these each year. Scary.
- found and fitted a refill converter for my fountain pen, instead of using plastic cartridges. Oddly, having searched fruitlessly for one that would fit my pen, I literally found the right one in the waste bin in our house. You would think that Malcolm and I never speak to each other (not true!): at the same time I was looking, he found one he’d had for years and never used, and put it in the bin. As I already have 3 (glass) bottles of ink, this will last me a long time. I don’t use ‘disposable’ pens (other than to use up those already in the house), and I carry a refillable pen with me at all times.
- What I didn’t do was – get rid of plastic from my life for the sake of it. I am puzzled by people who use ‘plastic free’ as an opportunity to buy more stuff, when they already have plastic things that do the job perfectly well. They already exist, the damage is done: let’s use them till they can be no longer be used.
- What I didn’t do was – buy any more acrylic yarn for crochet. Much as I have loved using this (somewhat to my surprise), continuing to buy it isn’t consistent with my commitment to taking steps to counter the climate emergency. I will use what I already have, along with any additional oddments I am given. I have switched for now to using only natural fibres (though I will continue to use sock yarn with some percentage of acrylic in it – this makes the wool content much more hard-wearing, important for socks).