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nou From: nou Date: July 2nd, 2014 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
It's really hard, isn't it? I'm not trying to give up all plastic during July, just the single-use stuff, but even that's really hard. (Obligatory blog plug: Plastic-Free July in Croydon.)

I have solved oats (Lidl sell them in a paper bag, and there's one 5 minutes' walk from my house) and milk (I don't like cows' milk, and rjw1 is lactose-intolerant, but after many trials of different home-made milks I've found cashew milk is the least hassle and works fine in tea, plus I can get unpackaged cashews from our local Weigh & Save).

Still haven't solved pasta — Weigh & Save don't sell it — so I think I'll be swapping to couscous or pearl barley for that sort of meal (Weigh & Save sell both).

For bread, we have a local bakery chain (Coughlans) that slices to order, so I'm buying bread from them, having them slice it, and then transferring it to plastic bread bags for freezing (I wash and re-use the bags). They've been giving it to me in paper bags so far, but next time I'm going to see if they'll put it directly in a cloth shopping bag.

I think one thing making this harder is that we don't yet have enough people doing it to build up lists of solutions that are nationally useful. Most of the things I'm doing won't work for you because we live in different places! I'm glad to see you trying it though; it does feel a bit easier to know there are others doing it.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 2nd, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not actually really trying to give up all plastic, but it was instructive to realise just how much I use every day and to think about whether there are better alternatives. Instructive and kinda depressing. :-/

it does feel a bit easier to know there are others doing it

I'm glad it helps! :-)
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