This week’s plastic free Tuesday I am looking at our plastic bread bag waste. Although I do try and make our own bread as much as I can, unfortunately there are just more days when I don’t have the time to do it than days were there is time to stand and hand kneed bread. This means we rely on shop bought bread most of the time but with shop bought bread, one you don’t know what bleaching and other chemicals it contains and second the bread comes in a plastic bag.
So how do I solve this problem?
Yesterday while I was at my parents I noticed they had a bread making machine in their garage. After enquiring what was wrong with it my Dad gave it to me and said “If you can make use of it have it.”
So this is the answer to eradicate plastic bread bags from our house and it also saves my time standing kneeding the bread dough as I can add all the ingredients set the timer, walk away and wake up in the morning to fresh bread.
But there was one thing although this has eradicated the plastic bread bags from our rubbish the recipe book for the breadmachine said I needed to use powered milk. I don’t buy powered milk and although powdered milk comes in a carboard pot the lid is plastic. So I thought I would add fresh milk in stead. Although I was not really sure how this replacement would work but when our first loaf came out the machine this morning it looked no different to bread from the bakers and it tasted great. So that tiny change did not really make that much difference.
Our fresh bread this morning cut for toast and pack lunch
How much plastic bread bag waste do you think you have in a week? How could you reduce this plastic waste in your home