30 days of No-Food-Purchased-In-Plastic experiment

Last night I decided to take some r&r time and started reading my latest book purchase: Slow Death by Rubber Duck, How the toxic chemistry of everyday life affects our health by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie.

There I was soaking in my acrylic tub, leaning against my plastic pillow, within sniffing distance of my vinyl shower curtain, when I came to the section called “Plastic Free” beginning on page 49. As part of the experiment, Rick was trying to go for two days straight without eating anything that had come in contact with plastic in an effort to detox his body of phthalates and bisphenal A. These two chemicals are ubiquitous in everyday products, including food and the environment, and are thought to, and in some cases proven to be detrimental to our health (most notably crazy mutations in the development of male genitalia ... read the book...)

As it turns out, I have also been thinking about doing an experiment where I didn’t purchase any food wrapped in plastic packaging. In fact I had already started to research the subject to see if it was actually possible.

After a restless sleep and crazy dreams about digging in a ploughed field wondering why the seeds had not sprouted, I woke up this morning and decided today was the day! From June 30, 2009 through July 29, 2009 I am going to conduct my own experiment: No food purchased that has plastic packaging.

Looking at the month ahead, there is at least one road trip in my plans, my birthday is in the middle of the month, several potluck gatherings are on my calendar, and its festival time in Calgary. I know I will be doing a lot of eating out.

Now I am unwilling to be a party pooper or hermit for the month, so the rules of my plastic-free-food experiment will have to take into account the fact that I cannot control what other people purchase and serve. For instance, I know that a meal prepared in a restaurant will use produce and other ingredients that are purchased in plastic bags and bottles.

With that in mind I will have only one rule for my experiment. I will not personally purchase any food item that has plastic as part of its packaging. The key word here is “purchase”, which means I am allowing myself to eat any food that is currently in my kitchen that has plastic packaging, as well as food that other people have purchased and prepared.

While technically I will not be eating plastic-free, what I hope to achieve is an awareness of just how much we rely on plastic for packaging.

Should be interesting month!