This is a change that shouldn't be too hard to make. Like Ziploc bags, I hardly ever use plastic wrap in the kitchen. Occasionally, I use it to wrap the end of a block of cheese, or cover a bowl to put in the fridge. Any paint brushes are wrapped in plastic wrap if we are in the middle of a painting job.
I am almost at the end of the current roll sitting in my kitchen drawer. I've decided that once it is finished, I will not be replacing it. I will get into the habit of placing everything int he fridge in a resealable container. I will cover dishes with re-usable covers or aluminum foil (yes, I know, not very eco-friendly, but it can be recycled if necessary).
The biggest challenge will be finding something to cover my little fruit fly trap - a bowl of apple cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap, with holes punched in the top. Any ideas for a replacement cover?
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Eliminate plastic wrap (Change 128)
Posted by Eco Mama at 8:58 AM
Labels: plastic packaging, plastics
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what about a screen-lid, like those used for growing sprouts???ReplyDelete
The screen lid might work, but I've been using a plastic sour cream pot with a single hole in the lid. At the end of the summer, I wash the whole thing out, and keep it for the following year. Personally -and this is really not based on scientific fact- I think that the opaque plastic trap works better, because the flies can't see that it's a trap.ReplyDelete
How about using a regular plate instead of the aluminum one to cover bowls and things?
I use a funnel in a drinking glass, and empty it out each evening. The fruit flies try to leave by flying up to the top of the glass, they don't try to get out the funnel hole at the bottom.ReplyDelete
My sister-in-law gave me a fruit fly trap - a plastic jar with holes in it. You fill the jar with your trap material (i.e. apple cider vinegar) and just re-fill as necessary. She says it works really well - can't wait to try it!ReplyDelete
I cut the top part of an old plastic water bottle and turned the top upside down. So it's like a funnel to go in the bottom part. I taped the two parts together. The opening is big, but they don't get out. I put a few drops of dishwashing liquid with the vinegar so they get stuck. It works great.ReplyDelete
You don't make sense. GOODBYE.ReplyDelete