For the past five to seven years I have been trying to reduce our plastic footprint. I use plastic bottles to keep dry ration like rice, pulses, flours etc but these bottles are used for several years. I use glass bottles for all the spices. We carry cloth bags to buy vegetables and fruits. In the Pre-Corona days, we would get some of the dry ration in a cloth bag or its own container as we could go to the store and buy them. That way we avoided a few plastic bags.
As a practise, I refill all the groceries at home on Sundays. That way the week is taken care of and it also gives me ideas for what could be cooked during the week. This Sunday when I went about refilling the groceries, I realised that I was also filling the blue waste basket! Every single package that I threw out was a plastic bag :(.
The pandemic has had a negative impact on efforts related to reducing plastic usage. With social distancing and not wanting to touch other people’s things, one-time-use plastic bags have become common again.
The popular online grocer, Milk Basket, who delivers groceries to your doorstep every morning, refuses to take back their bags. Earlier many of us switched to Milk Basket because of two reasons – they would deliver before 7 am the next morning and they would take their bags back. With the pandemic in full swing, they have stopped collecting their bags.
Just last year I wrote this blog – Plastic Use Reducing across India, but the pandemic has slowed things down a bit. Ofcourse, with food deliveries reducing significantly, and overall “shopping” decreasing, hopefully the plastic use has also reduced.