Freshly returned from a fantastic 4th of July weekend down at the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, I had planned to write a glowing review of both the festival and the city. However, it will have to wait until my friend and co-festival goer Kristin can send me photos to illustrate our grand adventures, because I couldn’t illustrate the joy of being second row at Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes with 100,000 words, let alone the requisite 1,000 that supposedly represent the photo that I will share in the near future.
In the meantime I’d like to share a marvelous discovery: Life Without Plastic. I have a great disdain for fossil fuel based materials, particularly in the kitchen. For both health and environmental reasons I am striving to create as close to a plastic free cooking and eating space as possible, beginning with the cast iron pan and wooden utensils and cutting board requested and received as wedding gifts. Consequently the discovery of the Life Without Plastic website was a joyous and helpful one.
Certain elements of living without plastic are simple; bring a reusable bag to the store; buy ceramic dishes; etc, etc. However a fully plastic and petroleum free life is next to impossible. Once one moves beyond the material makeup of products to the producing and shipping, one quickly discovers that EVERYTHING is tied to plastic and petroleum. But I try to avoid despair in all things, and instead breathe and act. Glass jars are good. Wood, cloth, stone, ceramic, metal- all these materials are beautiful, durable, often used by artisans, and (at least to my skin) much more pleasing to touch and use than anything plastic ever is.
Between the plastic island in the Pacific, the chemical impact of plastic on human (and animal) health, and peak oil, I hope to continue moving toward a plastic-free kitchen, home, and life. Particularly as Benjamin and I continue moving toward buying a house. But more on that later.
How can you live with less plastic today?