We went shopping on Saturday for some more vegetables, and the one thing we didn't come back with (aside from peas of course) was a cauliflower. We were in Waitrose and all the cauliflowers are in a plastic bag. We know that it is the same in Sainsbury's. The last cauliflower I bought was in Whole Foods Market where they are not in plastic bags. We could maybe have found one at the market, unpackaged but we decided we would do without as we had bought sprouts in one of our own Onya Weigh bags.
The one bit of plastic we came back with this week was a tub of Philadelphia cheese. I've decided this purchase is exempt from my plastic challenge as I buy it for making cheesecake or tiramisu which is a good way of using up leftover/stale cake. We had half a chocolate log in the fridge which had really been there long enough so it got mashed up into the base for tiramisu and soaked in Tia Maria and strong coffee. Then I whipped up the Philadelphia with some icing sugar and spread that on top and covered it in grated chocolate. It is now all eaten up as pudding after Sunday lunch.
|Making tiramisu out of the leftover chocolate log|
|My new method for making fridge cake|
So why do I consider the Philadelphia cheese packaging to be ok? Well, it is most certainly reusable in our house. I always keep the empty pots, wash them out and reuse them for example for snacks like peanuts and raisins or grated carrot and celery sticks which I take when I am working away from home and Junior Daughter takes to school. There is no other plastic packaging other than the tub itself.
Mid week I decided I needed to buy my cat food as they say you should introduce new cat food gradually. I did buy the Countrywide brand and the cats like it. So again more plastic, but at least it is in a useful bag.
Here's the Pitt Purchased plastic tally to date:
2 toothpaste tubes with lids
2 plastic bubbles from the battery packaging
In addition, but with plans to make use of the plastic:
1 tub with lid from Philadelphia cheese
1 bag from cat food washed out, dried and back in use.
I have also pulled out of my plastic store a small plastic bag when I've needed one. It was from apples. I'll be keeping this and no doubt reusing it again, because apples from now on will only be purchased loose.