Say hello to my little friend, the Tupperware.

April 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm 2 comments

by Alicia White

Since starting the No Impact Challenge, I have cringed at plastic water bottles, shunned paper napkins, and cowered from paper coffee cups. My backpack is a little fatter now, as it always has my thermos, my Sigg water bottle, a Tupperware, and a cloth napkin. For the most part, these changes in my lifestyle have been fairly easy, since I already used a thermos, water bottle, and Tupperware. Other things, however, have required a little more thought, such as last week, when it was my turn to cook dinner. Conscious of my new involvement in the No Impact Challenge, I planned out exactly what I would get at Whole Food to make sure that I would be able to get it all without using plastic produce bags. As I went down my list, all was well, until I got to the chicken. How was I supposed to buy chicken without any plastic packaging?? I’d only ever seen it sold on either Styrofoam plates or wrapped in paper and plastic. It was only the third day of the Challenge, and it seemed like I was destined for defeat. But I refused to give in to the nefarious Styrofoam tray. I pulled out my secret weapon from the cabinet: a large, red Tupperware. If not using disposable packaging meant that I was going to be the weirdo bringing her own container to the grocery store, then so be it. I was not about to let a measly piece of Styrofoam ruin my disposable-free day.

Excited, but a little apprehensive, I approached the meat counter with my trusty red Tupperware in hand. I asked the man behind the counter if I could get 1.75 pounds of chicken in my own container…dun dun dun…and he said, “Of course!”

Success! I had conquered the evil Styrofoam tray! Sure, I might have gotten a few weird looks in the process, but it felt awesome. By refusing to accept the conventional corporate packaging, I had stood up for my rights as a conscious consumer. Even though I had only saved one piece of Styrofoam, I felt empowered because I was able to make a deliberate choice. My short trip to the grocery store had taught me an important lesson: being the weird hippie is actually pretty fun.

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Trying to enjoy life to the fullest without creating waste; I argue that its impossible Packaging and more packaging…

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Plastic-free Beth Terry  |  April 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE how easy it is to do this at Whole Foods! We actually bring a stainless steel bucket with us because we buy a ton of ground turkey for our cats. They don’t bat an eye at WF and know how to deduct the weight of the container.

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  • 2. Tupperware  |  April 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I think what you’ve done are good. It’s good to our world. We should help reduce using and consuming unneccessary thing and to reduce waste. I really appreciate what you do!

    Reply

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