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Say NO to plastic bags! Well... as much as you can anyway...

Last week on the Australian TV Show The Project, Waleed Aly made an impassioned plea for Australians in NSW, VIC and QLD to lobby our politicians to ban single use plastic bags in our states. You can watch the story here:

https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/top-stories-april-2017/banthebag

I am totally in support of this and always try to use my own foldable fabric carry bags whenever I'm at the supermarket. It helps that we sell foldable shopping bags through our business, but one of the reasons we do that is because I am so in support of them.
So, I thought I should really try harder to cut my use of plastic bags further. I've already reduced my use of plastic wrap by using reusable containers that have lids. I have some really handy ceramic ones with PET plastic lids that I've been using for years.

Where I've hit a stumbling block is buying fresh meat and fish. If I buy it in a supermarket it comes packaged on a foam tray covered with plastic wrap. If I buy it at the fish market or butcher it goes in at least one plastic bag, often more than one. I jumped on Google looking for a solution but what I got was suggestions that I should take my own stainless steel meat safe to the butcher and make sure he/she tares the weight of the container first before adding the meat.

Well... I'm keen to cut my use of plastic bags, but I'm not sure I'm organised enough to bring my own meat containers to the butcher. I can fit half a dozen foldable carry bags in my handbag no problem. And I usually have a few extra in the car boot in case I get carried away with the groceries, but bringing my own containers to the butcher?

Kimono Eco Shopping Bags are handy foldable bags so you're never caught out and forced to use plastic.

You can easily fit half a dozen of these handy little shopping bags in your handbag

The articles I read also mentioned asking the butcher to use tongs instead of plastic gloves or a plastic bag to pick up the meat. I'm not sure my butcher has tongs. He always picks up the meat with the plastic bag inside out and then deftly flips it back the right way with the meat inside. I'm pretty sure he would use a plastic bag to pick up my meat and then throw it out once I'd put it in my own container. Bit pointless then isn't it?

So where does that leave me? Plastic bags are just damn convenient for things like meat and fish!

For now I am going to cut plastic use where I can, and keep working on a solution to the meat/fish dilemma.

Any suggestions anyone?

Comments

Anonymous said…
The meat/fish dilemma is a difficult one. I'm still struggling with what to do about bin liners if I can't use my old shopping bags anymore. If I buy bin liners isn't that just as bad? I read that the so-called biodegradable ones aren't really any better than the regular ones. Does anyone just throw their slimy rubbish straight into the wheelie bin? Doesn't it get all stuck and stinky? What if the bin tips over and your unmentionables get strewn down the street? I know - First World Problems...

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