The challenge is tripartite. No buying or acquiring plastic. No cooking with plastic or storing food in plastic. Minimize all other plastic use. In practice, that means considering every plastic item before using it or acquiring it. Is it critical? If it's critical, could you obtain it without buying it? Or could you get it second-hand? Is there a renewable alternative?
I've worked on reducing plastic use at home, so this was a good challenge to take the next steps. I got wax paper and paper lunch bags. I bought refills for reusable ballpoint pens. Dug out the Williams-Sonoma wooden-handle pot scrubber. Found some compostable binders and folders, and sustainable packing materials. Began marking with grease pencil instead of Sharpie when possible. This weekend, I'll be making yogurt and cottage cheese at home to avoid buying plastic containers. Except that I'm not sure how I'll store the yogurt and cottage cheese without plastic ...wooden toothbrushes. I found metal lunch containers and an insulated wool lunch bag. Reusable cotton and hemp storage bags for storing bread and refrigerating fruit and vegetables.
I take small victories like that to make up for the big things I can't get around: this computer, my car, and shampoo bottles.
I'm going to stick with it for a while, but judging by the silence of the other bloggers, they're having a lot of the same "where to start" and "where to stop" issues.
Ideas for how to oust the plastic from our lives permanently are welcome, and so is anyone who wants to join in.