The other day…

The other day I did my usual weekly local shop and this week I went to the butchers and bought a chicken.
I took along this tub – an old sweet tub.  Yes it did contain sweets and it is plastic, but they weren’t my sweets (I’m sugar free) and it is reusable plastic, rather than single use plastic bags which would go straight into landfill after holding a chicken.
When I got to the butchers I took the tub out and explained to the butcher that I didn’t want any plastic with my chicken.  The chicken was naked in the window and already had a price on it, so all the butcher had to do was pick it up and put it in my tub…
He did look at me pretty strangely, but quite happily put the chicken in the tub.  I have been training up the guys in the butchers about not putting anything I buy in a plastic bag, but this was the first time this particular butcher had sold me anything.  The rest of them are getting used to my ‘strange’ ways and I’m sure this one will do too soon as well!
The tub has a lid to it, but as you can see the chicken was a bit too big for it.  When I got home I realised that actually I did need a tub with a lid as I wanted to store it in the fridge for a bit. I dug around in the cupboards and remembered that I had a large container with a lid.  It was being used to store flour, but it didn’t need to be, so I re-homed the flour and put the chicken in it.
Again this is plastic, but it is reusable plastic.  Ideally I would have a non-plastic tub, but I’m making use of what I have and not buying anything new (although I have said I can buy new reusables if I need to), so for the moment I will be transporting and storing my chickens in the plastic container pictured above.
In case you are interested this week I spent £71.31 on food for the five of us (three adults and two children). I will need to do a top up shop of bread and milk during the week – last week I spent around £8 on my top up shop (I have since annoyingly lost the receipt, but I think it was around that…). The shop included the chicken, which I roasted.  There were lots of leftovers and I shredded and froze the leftovers which will last us for another couple of meals…
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