By Sarah Sutton
When it comes to lunch, I am a creature of habit and every day I have the same crackers. They are delicious, but the problem is they are wrapped in TWO loads of single-use plastic. It seems unnecessary, and so I was determined to do something about it.
So I decided that for my plastic pledge, I would make my own! There are loads of recipes available online.
The crackers I make are flavoured with sun-dried tomato and basil. The ingredients are
- flour (from a paper bag)
- olive oil (from a glass bottle)
- sun-dried tomatoes (from a glass jar)
- homegrown basil (which we currently have)
- a little bit of salt
It’s definitely very cheap to do it this way. They can also be batch-made and frozen, to save time. I put photos of my crackers on my social media and people seemed to be interested in the recipe and how to do it. I personally love seeing other people’s plastic-free switch ideas on social media and it inspires me to get more creative! I don’t want to stop at just crackers. The internet has lots of suggestions for how to make your usual convenience foods yourself. Why don’t you see what food you could make more plastic free?
Trying to reduce my household’s consumption of single-use plastic is a direct response to what I see in the Bible about God’s love for the earth and his people, and how we are to look after both of them. I love Psalm 95:5, The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
When I think about the land and sea being made by God’s hands, it makes me want to care for the planet and not fill it with rubbish. I may just be one person, but if together we all make these little changes we can look after God’s earth and make a huge impact.