We spent the day at the Fort Worth Zoo because I thought that it would make my plastic-free February attempts a little easier. That and I just like the zoo.
Plastic at the Zoo
The zoo has several rules that kept us away from plastic. Straws and lids are prohibited in the zoo because of the danger to the animals. A lot of the food they sell is finger food that comes in a paper tray or on a wooden popsicle stick, so no plastic there.
Ice cream comes with a choice of a cone or a plastic cup with a plastic spoon. I chose the cone. Usually, I would choose the cup. The cones are typically flavorless and they just add calories. So now I’ve come upon a quandary: single-use plastic vs. flavorless calories.
Then there’s the souvenirs. Kids always want a souvenir. Nearly everything in the gift shop is made of plastic, except for those paintings by the elephants. More plastic in my life.
Plastic at Home
When I went to the store, I didn’t find shampoo in bar form. I started at Whole Foods, figuring that if anyone had bar shampoo, they would. They didn’t. It looks like there are plenty of choices online, ranging from $3 up to $12. Once my current shampoo stocks start to run low, I’ll order one.
My biggest disappointment of my shopping trip was the laundry detergent. I was looking for a powdered detergent for my high efficiency washer, since they usually come in cardboard boxes, rather than plastic like the liquid laundry detergents. I found one by 365 – the Whole Foods brand. Since it was my only choice, I bought it.
Whole Foods isn’t the only company to do this, of course. I’m realizing that most companies put their product in a plastic bag inside another container, whether cardboard or plastic. Sometimes they add plastic shrinkwrap to the outside, too. It’s incredibly frustrating.
Images (c) Heather Carr