Add Mark and Melanie Rummel to the list of bloggers who say they're trying to live a plastics-free lifestyle. The newlywed couple from Texas has a goal of buying nothing made of plastic for the next year, and they've set up a blog, nonewplastic.com, to share their story. Susy Solis from the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth has a story on the couple that sheds some light on the 4-month-old experiment. According to the story, the Rummel's are continuing to find new ways to use less plastic --- but they say living completely without plastic is almost impossible. "For us, it's more about, 'This is how we see a sustainable way of living, and that's how we want to live,'" Melanie Rummel said. Here's an excerpt from their blog -- one of my favorite entries, called "I cried for cheese (and other food experiences)."
The other day, Mark and I went to our beloved Whole Foods to get groceries. As always, we made our way to the cheese counter and munched on the samples, bemoaning our inability to find plastic-free cheese. Then, I had an idea. I asked Brian behind the counter if there was a certain day they cut the wheels of cheese so we could get some not wrapped in plastic. He explained to us that they cut different wheels every day. Then, he asked if there was a certain cheese we would like that he could cut fresh for us right there. Heck yeah! I asked him about the cheese I'd already taken several samples of, a sharp cheddar, and he pointed out to me that even the wheel doesn't have plastic on it! Mark and I agreed to get a pound of the cheese. We watched Brian get the cart to carry the large wheel of cheese to the counter. He peeled away the canvas it had been shipped in and used a wire cheese cutter to cut it open for us. As soon as he cut the wheel, he used a tool to dig out the first bite and gave it to us to taste. Several months ago, Mark and I took a Tour of Italy's Wine and Cheeses class at Whole Foods, and we learned that the cheese tastes the best within 20 minutes of the wheel being opened. It certainly was incredibly delicious! After it was cut, Brian agreed to put it in our cloth produce bag. After weeks of not buying cheese, I was so thankful, I cried a little.There are also quite a few posts about their efforts to potty-train their cat -- all to avoid the plastic components of kitty litter bags!