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Plastic free tip No. 3 - Always carry Bananas.
As you may have noticed in my last blog post, it's easy to get a little bit bogged down in the things which now seem inaccessible. To begin to feel quite angry at just how much plastic has infiltrated our lives. For this reason, I have decided to have a little think about the positive progress we're making so far and to celebrate natures perfectly packaged snack bar, the banana.
If there's one things that's becoming evident during this experience it is that organisation and always carrying a few essential items is the key to success. Snacking on the go, which many of us are used to now, is not easy when plastic is off the menu. Despite my best efforts I occasionally get caught out and find myself dashing to rehearsal snack less. So after going hungry in more than a few convenience stores I accepted that eating copious amounts of banana is the way forward. Thankfully, hardly anyone (there are exceptions) has deemed it necessary to plastic wrap a banana.
Look at all this amazing stuff in there:
(One medium-sized banana, 118 grams)
Potassium: 9% of the Recommended Daily Intake.
Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
Copper: 10% of the RDI.
Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
Net carbs: 24 grams.
Fiber: 3.1 grams.
Protein: 1.3 grams.
Fat: 0.4 grams.
And fun fact:
A banana is botanically a kind of berry! Who knew.
A worthy alternative to the modern day snack/cereal bar - make sure there's always at least one in your bag.
If you just can't say goodbye to your cereal bars, there are also lots of fun variations which are easy to make at home and you can chop them up to keep you going all week.
Hmm, pondering for a moment the effect of all this importing of bananas on the environment, as I have just read that it is amongst the world's most popular fruit. I'll have to do some further research in this regard.
I've come up against these conflicting causes a couple of times during this process. For example, noticing that the coffee I managed to find with no plastic, isn't a fair trade variety. So I've in a way sacrificed buying fair trade, to buy plastic free. I'm going to keep searching to see if I can rectify this and I'll let you know how I get on.
(Source 1, Source 2)
Positive change part 2:
So whilst I have been busy giving myself a hard time over every little bit of plastic that manages to go under the radar (sneaky pesky plastics).
I have also started to notice how much less I am throwing things in the bin. Almost everything I buy now heads for the recycling instead or best of all, there was no packaging in the first place. This is really brilliant to notice, so even if things get a little chaotic sometimes, having an awareness and doing your best is absolutely going to make a difference. I'm starting to feel like I'm finding alternatives that will stay with me.
The milk man, the keep cup and the bananas are here to stay. I've also just ordered my first Veg Box so plastic free locally sourced veg is also going to start winging it's way to me soon.
Thanks for reading, best go eat a banana before teaching my evening class.