June passed by in a rainy blur, ushering in summer so fast it feels like winter never happened. The plastic pile in our crawl space grows, and it turns out a month of plastic for the two of us and Titan (dog) fits quite perfect inside a 25 lb dogfood bag. Per usual, mostly film… bread bags, food wraps… a couple Tetrapaks, a couple bags of chips, some old toothbrushes, lids, inevitably a couple sneaky straws. As the year goes on, we seem to have hit a plateau. The pile is not alarming or troublesome by American standards. No water or soda bottles. No produce bags. No processed food. Yet, we cannot seem to reduce in the past couple months. Partially it is a symptom of where we live. Bulk isles are hard to come by. So is a fresh bread source (there are a couple, but they are 30 min away!) Local businesses are taken over by larger corporations. Without local businesses, we sometimes have to buy online, and end up with bulky plastic packaging as a result. Out culture does not support a life with reduced plastic.
One thing that we LOVE about summer is the supply of fresh produce. This year we are receiving weekly drop offs from an organic CSA, supplemented with a bounty from our own home garden. This year we grew our whole garden from seed; here is a snapshot of how it is coming along!