Plastic Free July Day 21

Plastic Free July Day 21  | Cellist Goes Green

Our area doesn't have all of the bulk/local options I would like.  We have no bulk olive oil or vinegar options.  Which is frustrating, because I know there are places where I could reduce my packaging use (both plastic and not), but those options are simply not available where I live.

I have contacted the bulk stores near me, expressing interest in bulk olive oil and vinegar, in hopes maybe someday they will decide to carry them.  On suggestion from an Instagram comment, I have also reached out to a couple of raw honey producers I get honey from to see if they would take my jar back for reuse, but was told they wouldn't do that for local health code reasons.

I will keep trying.  I think it is important to show businesses and small producers there is an interest in bulk products.  If enough people ask for food with less packaging, eventually change will happen.

If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post.  Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use.  It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles.  Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.