So the Holiday Away was amazing – experience other cultures is always incredibly. Seeing friends get married is always special. Meeting and making new friends and acquaintances is good for the soul.
Going abroad to a place where the tap water is undrinkable (we never were anywhere with a filtered tap) and on a long haul flight is Hell for someone trying to be plastic free.
So, we did terribly. Truly awfully – after having had not plastic in our hands, bought by our money for months we were suddenly surrounded by it. And as my friend on the plane said to me – “I am now feeling stressed for you”.
So our long haul flight was as predicted plastic loving. Below is one example of one meal on our flight. All were fully, lovingly wrapped in plastic.
I managed to say no to the plastic cup of water but only because I already had my two litre version (I figured the lid on a bottle looks like it involves a lot of plastic so went for volume but without any real assurance this made it less plastic).
Food out we found was variable. Some places did really well like the veggie place that wrapped their cutlery in paper rather than plastic (most other places felt the need to wrap their cutlery in plastic – we assumed the wrapping was due to not wanting flies to go on them). But overall eating out plastic free in Brazil was more of a challenge than in Britain but that may be due to our lack of knowledge.
Some places we found glass bottled drinks but more often cans which obviously isn’t great though better than full on plastic bottles. We tried some local drinks which came in a variety of plastic and glass beakers.
In and around Rio and Sao Paulo we sometimes saw bins which claimed recycling was a thing such as this:
However, according to locals no one can actually be sure where this waste goes. Brazilians I found to be very open and honest people, with sharp understanding of politics (at least all those we chatted to). It was refreshing to meet people so engaged with how stuff actually works in a country even if this meant being honest enough to admit that “even if it says recycle it doesn’t mean it actually will”.
One cheeky, totally unnecessary buy, were a pair of havaianas which has a plastic on it. I cannot justify this other than they looked awesome and are incredibly comfy – to be used for as long as possible (and a month in they are still being enjoyed).
My holiday was definitely a holiday for me. I can’t say it wasn’t and I know that my enjoyment has definitely been good for me in many way. However, it has made re-adapting back to plastic-free living a challenge but one we are both happy to return too. Our lifestyle may not always be that easy and at times we do break our aim of being completely plastic free but we are always trying. It just made me more aware of how lucky we are in the country we live in as I suspect in other parts of the world living without plastic is just impossible.