It’s always an interesting conversation when talking about the elimination of plastic. Last week i was eating out at a local restaurant in my neighbourhood called ‘Yellow Flower’ and the topic of ‘plastic free sex’ arose. First of all, condoms are not made of plastic. They are made of latex which, in most instances is from a rubber tree. Plastic is usually from petroleum but can be other types of polymers also. So when we were trying to think of other options to use instead of condoms for safe sex, I am off the hook here. Just wanted to clear that up as it seems to be a regular question from my age group.
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Of course the next question from many women is: ‘What about my vibrator?”. Yes , I’ve said it. They asked it. I didn’t answer however i have included a picture of a very interesting looking eggplant my neighbour grew in her garden two weeks ago……..
We also discussed the use of tampons. They are wrapped in plastic. I was then enlightened by my very adventurous swedish friend who told me about a rubber type device that is reused. The ‘Moon Cup’ or ‘menstrual cup’, if you want a boring term is completely re-usable. I am still undecided as to whether i can use this device but i am going to have to try. Apparently “you get used to it”. Well in the mean time i do have a question to anyone that knows of a tampon brand that does not wrap them separately in plastic and holds them in a plastic free container?????? I do hope there is something out there as i really don’t want to be writing another post on menstrual bleeding.
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Anyway the point of this post is actually to discuss going ‘plastic free’ when eating out. At restaurants or takeaway places etc.
We were at yellow flower which is an Indian Diner and i was impressed that the cutlery is steel , the takeaway cutlery is wooden however the containers for take food away food are ‘plastic’. So, we ate in. We used china bowls with out steel cutlery and glass water bottle s and cups. We were feeling very plastic free until the dessert was required to be taken home for a friend.. Thankfully the lovely ‘Adrian’ (picture below) from Yellow Flower allowed us to take the delicious sticky date pudding home in the china bowl which i later returned. It did get us thinking at the table about how this system could actually work. You bring your own bowl to the restaurant , any leftovers come with you and no plastic throw aways required.
The other option is to use tapioca or starch based plant containers with are completely biodegradable and can be used many times over as an alternative to plastic. These are also pretty cheap to buy (not as cheap as plastic but if everyone starting using them the price would drop due to increased consumption). Also known as Cassava starch, the following link provides much more information on these products than i could ever explain. There are plenty more companies apart from this one as well that we could be using for our disposable containers. (If we really need disposable containers??) http://www.eco-go.net
It also made me realise as i sat there with my four girlfriends that it’s much more fun to be eating a meal at the restaurant than by myself with a takeaway container at home. I even ate less because i was talking so much that i didn’t feel the need to go and order more, or eat the remainder of my bowl even though it was there. Eating in a social environment has been shown to decrease overeating and now there is the added benefit that it can be plastic free as well!