Burning Man = Plastic Man?
So I’ve been making a concerted effort to reduce my plastic consumption and I flatter myself that I’ve done a pretty good job. I have become addicted instead to my wonderful Purica double-walled stainless coffee thermos, have successfully made canvas bags a part of my daily routine for all shopping, not just groceries, and can’t remember the last time I used plastic wrap let alone bought any. Plastic shopping bags still somehow invade my home, usually brought in by unsuspecting friends whom I try my best not to cringe in front of as they walk through my door with their dinner party offering (or what have you) smothered in the offending item, but I don’t let it get me too down.
However, I am planning to go to Burning Man for the first time ever this year, and the amount of personal plastic I will likely be required to bring is truly staggering, almost to the point of total despair. And I’m not even going for the entire week! I’ve been poring through various BM guides and in order to keep out the playa dust, I will likely have to encase everything in some form or other of plastic. Just thinking about the logistics of packing for the trip makes me feel a lot like Ms. Plastic Manners in her wonderful new short film:
Stop [Plastic] Motion from Taina Uitto on Vimeo.
But what other material could possibly match plastic for these circumstances? The playa dust gets EVERYWHERE and I suspect I will be ingesting quite enough of that simply by breathing without drinking it, eating it, and sleeping in it as well. I will also need to bring a LOT of water which will be heavy enough on its own, never mind putting it in a glass carbouy. Plus, the plastic water containers can be squished down once the water is consumed thus saving space in my teeny, tiny little Honda Civic.
I will likely invest in quite a few more air-tight stainless steel containers but the thought of the amount of plastic that I will likely be taking with me in the form of tarps and such is getting a bit overwhelming! If anyone has any thoughts of how to minimize plastic at Burning Man, please leave a comment.