Mark and I are in Florida now on our honeymoon, and we are having a wonderful time. I cannot tell you how relaxed and fabulous we feel. Each day we are living in the moment, and it is truly a refreshing experience. I am writing today to catch up on random no new plastic tips and let you know what we’ve been up to.
First, we were both so thrilled to be interviewed by a British radio station a few weeks ago. Joe Hudson did the interview for Southside Radio, and we loved it. One of the questions he asked was if we found it easier to go without plastic in the UK. Before we went to the UK, we expected that it would be a lot easier. However, we found that it was pretty comparable to what we found in the US. We took two cloth produce bags with us on our trip to make it easier when we bought groceries. We mainly stayed in small villages, so they didn’t have the bulk grocery stores that we were told are available in larger cities. However, we were always able to get everything we needed (of course).
Another thing I was thinking about the other day while I was at the grocery store is what to do if you forget your produce bags. Use plastic? Heck no! Just toss your produce in the cart without a bag. Plus, most people take them out of the bag before putting them in the fridge, so there’s really no need for them.
Hair Update: Remember my post about not using shampoo or other hair products and still having fabulous hair? Well, that works very well in hard-water areas, but not where we are in Florida. The home we’re staying in has a Wellness Home Water Filtration System, which not only takes potentially harmful chemicals out of the water but also adds minerals to nourish your skin/body. Maybe my hair is TOO healthy without using shampoo to strip it of natural oils, because it looks super shiny but not greasy. It’s SO shiny though that it looks like it’s greasy. It’s unfortunately not a good look, so I’m using shampoo now about once a week. Strange but true.
My mother-in-love had a birthday a few weeks ago, and Mark and I made her some cloth grocery bags (actually, we bought blank ones and decorated them). She and her fiancé, David, started recycling when they learned we were coming to visit them. Ha! I think that’s awesome. She also bought a composting container (a white jar with lid) to put by the sink so we could collect our vegetable scraps. Then, we toss the scraps in the back yard, which is lush with trees and greenery. Inadvertently we’ve had an impact while we’ve been here. She’s also learned a lot about which materials are recyclable.
An easy way to stop using ziplock bags is to put leftovers in reusable storage containers. Instead of using plastic wrap, cover dishes with a plate, bowl, or pan or use containers that already have lids.
As a final random note, I have been super happy homemaker since Mark and I got here. I’m cooking and baking every day, made more bread last night, and I am having so much run raiding my in-loves’ pantry and throwing things together to make meals from scratch. I’m feeling my nesting instinct, so Mark and I are looking around and figuring out where in the world we would like to live or travel to next.