As you may know I have been struggling with plastic free shopping. Everything seems to come packaged in the damn stuff and as I’ve discovered when ordering online it’s even harder to work out what will come with excess packaging and what won’t. However the one meal where I seem to be having some success is at breakfast.
I already order my milk from Dairy Crest so I receive a home delivery in glass bottles (and have just added orange juice to that although it’s rather pricey at £1.25 per pint!). I make bread using my lovely second-hand breadmaker. The eggs I can pick up locally from either the newsagent (I get 10p off for re-using my cardboard egg carton), or from one of the many people in my village who sell their own eggs (£1 a dozen).
Before embarking on Plastic Free July I did some research into breakfast cereals. My children have a serious cereal habit (two-three portions in the morning). All their cereal comes in cardboard boxes with plastic inner bags which is no good. I did some extensive shaking of packets in various supermarkets and health food stores (and even tried to open the lids very carefully) but they all come with bags. However I did find two sources of plastic-free porridge oats, which my children also love to eat.
With the oats I have also made my own granola which I have been eating a lot of this month. The children are alternating between loose and plastic packaged cereal but I am trying to stay plastic free. So to this end I’ve avoided buying teabags and have left the remaining ones for my husband to use. Instead I have started to use up the supply of loose tea that a friend bought back from India recently. I’m also going to investigate Whittards’ tea which Westy Writes has discovered. Drinking tea this way is certainly more fiddly and my teapot seems so huge for one cup – but it’s worth it for my morning cuppa.