Plastic-free sugar

I understand the appeal of organic sugar: sugarcane and sugar beets take chemical fertilizers and pesticides and that’s both harmful and unsustainable.

But I don’t understand the moral superiority of the same organic sugar once it’s been packed in plastic and shipped halfway around the globe. And no, sometimes I don’t want to taste the natural rawness of it, thank you. (That’s what my glass bottle of molasses is for.)

The United States produces a lot of sugar, and since I don’t use much, I’ll be happy with the twice-yearly two pound paper sack.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. Scott, hurray! I don’t know why I didn’t see your tweet or discover your blog until your comment today. But considering there are over 600 messages in my e-mail inbox, it’s not surprising.

    So, I’d love to add you to the Plastic-free bloggers on Fake Plastic Fish. Will you please answer the questions I’ve asked the others? You can email me the answers at beth[at]fakeplasticfish[dot]com. I’m looking for very short 1-2 sentence answers:

    1) What was it that first inspired you to eliminate plastic from your life? Was it a particular issue? News article? Experience? And when was this?

    2) Besides the obvious ones like carrying your own grocery bags or giving up bottled water, what has been the easiest change to make? (And if those first two weren’t easy, I’m sorry to assume!)

    3) What has been your biggest challenge so far?

    4) What one thing would you say to encourage others to lessen their plastic consumption?

    5) What plastic-related issues are most prevalent in the area where you live? Are you working on plastic bag bans? Bottled water campaigns? Finding plastic-free products in your area? I’d like to get a sense of the regional challenges that plastic activists face.

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