Three weeks plastic-free and I have a success to write about. Maybe nobody else will care about this, but to me it’s a big deal.
Before our parent evenings at school, the staff gets dinner paid for since we can’t go home after the end of the school day. Sometimes we go out to a nearby restaurant but for this week’s parent night, the majority voted to order sushi.
Of course, this posed a problem for me as sushi restaurants, for some reason, use a ridiculous amount of plastic. I thought about what I should do for a few days before the sushi night. Should I bring my own dinner? Should I accept the plastic and bring it home, adding it to my “Sin Bin”?
Another teacher was going to put in the order so I finally decided to ask her (A) not to order my meal on the phone and (B) to let me go with her so I could order at the restaurant, where I could give them my stainless steel containers to use.
I also asked them not to put my container into a plastic bag (it has its own handle even then I have cloth bags) and not to include any soy sauce (which technically I can’t have anyway because of the gluten).
I feel very proud of myself! Not a big deal but it really did take me a few days to decide what to do and I feel happy that I stood up for myself and said I wouldn’t accept the plastic containers. I think this is a big step forward for me. 🙂