Well, I actually ended my project a day early today. It had gotten to a point where I was just waiting for Friday to pick up a few things, but it was better for me to shop today. It seemed kind of silly to hold off, since I was going to buy these things regardless, and my end date was arbitrarily picked back in September to correspond to the rough end of my school semester (which is now over). In the interest of integrity it might have been better to continue the project until the very end, but anyway, I’m calling this thing done now.
Over the last weekend when I *was* still doing it, I did buy a few things in plastic. I can’t remember now what they were. Oh, one was a chocolate bar that was (inside the outer package) wrapped in plastic instead of the foil I was expecting. And did I write about the parmesan cheese? I was out of time to shop and too far from the store (Santa Barbara Market) where they cut the wheels on demand, and will wrap the cheese in paper.
Today was a whole different thing. Buying yogurt (my starter had worn out, funny how it does that), blueberries (which happen to come in a very sturdy and re-useable ziplock, milk in plastic jug that I want to use for an ice pack… It just felt a bit strange. I did bring my own bags for bulk items and shopping bags, and I’ll continue to do that. I will generally continue many of the little habits I have developed, it just feels right to me to do so.
So, my (this) project is over. A friend suggested that I have a tupperware party to mark the occasion! I like this idea. But I probably (certainly) won’t. No big celebration, release, or summation. It’s just a thing tried, and done, nothing special. The blogging part of it was interesting, and if you are reading this, your interest is much appreciated! And to those who left comments, thank you.
I want to write some more about the pleasure and quality that results from making stuff ourselves from raw materials (which are rarely petroleum based). Since it might be a while before I get to this writing, I wanted to mention now how inspired I was by a friend’s wonderful blog about her wool dyeing and knitting. The blog is a good read, and Wow! does she make beautiful stuff: www.lefttwists.wordpress.com.
I wanted to write about how hopeful I find small (seeming) developments like this: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/whitehorse-gets-machine-to-convert-plastic-into-oil-1.1287529. Maybe my fantasy of plastic mining will really come true sometime. Actually, I am almost sure it will – it is just a matter of time.
Since I don’t have too much more to say than that, I will leave it at that. But I’ll keep posting plastic-related thoughts here from time to time.
So long for now, and Merry Christmas Every One!