The foil on the worktop at home in Wales was running out, so the other day I reached into the cupboard to check for the replacement that I usually have in there, then I realised it came with me last year to the Van when I was setting up this Smaller Life.
These huge bulk rolls usually last us well over a year, and although you can't buy refills I have always thought that as well as being handy they were convenient to have on the worktop ready to be used and good value for money. So to have one at both homes was brilliant.
With the realisation that the roll was about to run out and not wanting Alan to have to struggle if it ran out while I was here at the Van this week, I sat at the computer and put in an order for replacements for both rolls.
It was only when the order came two days later that I started to think this through a little bit more. This is how each of the cling film and foil rolls came packaged.
A double layer of bubble-wrap, wrapped all around a cardboard box that was over the shrink-film wrapping of the plastic dispensing box for the roll of foil.
It really got me thinking, and then I had to smile ...
... as along with the new reusable cleaning cloths I had ordered at the same time as my new rolls of cling-film and foil, I had added to my order at the last minute to avoid paying a postage charge, and the thing I had chosen to add was a pack of Veggio net bags ... so you can avoid using plastic bags for loose vegetables at the supermarket!!
The bags themselves are brilliant, nice and lightweight, with a drawstring top to keep your fruit or vegetables securely inside while they are weighed and on the journey home inside your larger shopping bag. They each have a tag on them that you can stick any price label to if you are weighing out your own vegetables at the supermarket.
And the two large and two medium sized bags all fit neatly inside the small bag so you can keep them all together when they are not yet in use.
And happily these came with no packaging other than the cardboard information label and hanging strip that held them neatly together.
I've learnt some valuable lessons here.
Firstly, if I had gone to the shop to pick these up instead of ordering online I would have done away with the need for all this packaging.. Secondly, and even more importantly ... do I even need to use foil and cling film?
I am happily thinking that this will most likely be the last time that I buy a roll of either, and while I have these rolls to use up I will get used to using alternative methods for storing and cooking our foods. It only takes a little bit of thinking about.
The one really useful bit of packaging was the cardboard box that my delivery came in as it was put to use immediately for the car boot sale to hold all the bits and bobs that we had sorted out for sale. Then it will be used in the shed for storage before finally being the base of the next cremation for a chicken bonfire we may need to have. Having an elderly flock means these are happening a lot more regularly than they used to :-(