Checking in on my changes

My lament this week was plastic cutlery. Yesterday I made two utensil holders and napkins, and once I sew on a ribbon, I’ll keep one in my purse when I know I’m going to be out of the house at mealtime, which is all the time, according to my stomach. I’m going to make a few more. Anyone want one? I am trying to think of a hoop you can jump through to get one.

How about this? If you subscribe to Medium (so your claps pay writers, including me), I’ll send you a DIY cutlery kit.

Although I officially “gave up plastic for Lent” a week ago, I had been kicking around the idea for some time, exploring ways to reduce or eliminate plastic from my life even without that goal.

One of my first ideas was to make a laundry bag that converted to a garment bag, for transporting clothes to and from the dry cleaners. The dry cleaner’s reception was lukewarm. She’s been doing this for a while, and innovation isn’t really her bag (pun intended, sorry). Instead, she promised not to wrap my clothes in plastic if I picked them up on the day I said I would. I humbly agreed, since she pointed out that my bag wasn’t big enough for all the clothes I’d brought.

When I went back the following Saturday, our clothes were unsheathed in plastic, and Sunny hadn’t my garment bag back with a smile. Then she showed me my exact product in an industry catalog. She didn’t want to use them because she thinks people will steal them, but she bought a couple for me, and gave them to my husband when he went this week. She’s very sweet, and I appreciate her doing this. My next step is to see if she’d be willing to sell them to other people. We’ll see how that conversation goes!

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