I’ve been incredibly busy these past few weeks, coursework deadlines are pouring in left, right and center so I’ve been hiding away in my house as much as possible, glued to my laptop. Whilst it is frustrating that all the coursework deadlines have been piled up at the end of term, we have been given plenty of notice to start them alongside our usual studies and now I have a theory that this term has been one long test of our time-management.
This week, I have decided for my new years resolution I will try to cut back on landfill waste as much as possible. As a break from my coursework, I have been reading several blogs online of people around the world who have gone entirely plastic-free. Why? Not only does cutting back on waste prevent tonnes of waste from going to landfill and reduce your carbon footprint, it forces you to buy locally, which is better for the local economy, eat healthier, no processed foods, and save money by buying in bulk. I’ve realised this will take a lot of time to prepare and find out the best places to shop zero-plastic, since it may not be as easy here in Leicester. To investigate, I went on a little trip to the market in Leicester. Only spending £11 I managed to get a dozen potatoes, a dozen onions, a dozen carrots, 3 peaches, 8 apples, a huge block of smoked cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, 3 chicken thighs, 10 pieces of back bacon and a huge loaf of farmhouse bread, all without the usual plastic packaging! Totally worth it and tastes so much better than Morrisons. I will be adding lots of reusable shopping bags and containers to my Christmas list to minimise the amount of plastic I will use when buying and storing food.
I hope to reuse and upcycle any plastic that I do use, making it into something new, whether artistic, useful or both. Tomorrow, with the society (see my previous post), we will be hosting an event in the Student’s Union to ‘make your own’ Christmas decorations, reusing old materials that would otherwise go to landfill, so this will be a great chance to see what I can do as well as decorate for Christmas on the cheap!