Since starting our year we have often been asked “What exactly are you buying now?” “What is different?” So this blog is trying to explain where we are up to – we are not totally there yet – wherever there is! Mark keeps complaining the fridge is empty and it is definitely emptier from the unsustainable days but we are not starving for sure!
On Wednesday I had the day off work and started in Plympton at the health food shop where I bought some spices (in a cardboard box), teabags and essential oils to make my laundry smell nice as the Ecoegg cleans well but you don’t always get a fresh smell and people suggest lavender oil to add the smell! I then went next door to Gribbles for my meat box all in paper bags (see previous blog).
Next I went into the city centre, about 4 miles away, to the ethical superstore for a refill of my washing up liquid (see photo) and some Eco dishwasher tablets. I could have bought more from this shop but it is quite pricey as it is all vegan so I went to Morrisions on the way home after a quick trip to Wilkos for toothpaste.
This was my first trip to a large supermarket in about two months and it felt like I had been on holiday to a different country and just come back with a new set of eyes – all I could see was fruit and veg in plastic bags everywhere! I bought some wholegrain flour and some white bread flour for our breadmaking and some tins of tomatoes and beans along with some sauces like sweet chili and salad dressing. I also bought some cheese sauce granules – I know I could make it myself but….
Whilst I was out shopping our fruit, veg and eggs were delivered so at least when Mark came home the fridge was full.
Summary – My day of shopping took about 4 hours, I went to five different shops and drove about 8 miles. I tried hard to get things that were sustainable, local and responsibly packaged. I had some lovely chats in three of the shops and a cup of coffee on the way – all in all I enjoyed it!