As folk who like to think of ourselves as environmentally aware, we had already taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we could: we have solar panels; we religiously switch things off; we don't buy plastic toys; we get appliances, furniture, bikes and stuff from places like Gumtree as much as possible.
We wear predominantly second hand clothes; we grow a lot of our own fruit and veg; we use the train; we recycle; we buy, read and return books to charity shops; and we have reusable sandwich wrappers, water bottles and lunch-bags.
All that is well and good. However every month we still seemed to be drowning in plastic: three big recycling bags' worth. So could we cut out plastic?
A quick look at the recycling bag confirmed what I already knew. It was mostly food-based plastic: sparkling water and diluting juice bottles, fruit trays, yoghurt cartons, milk bottles, meat trays and shampoo soap bottles.
Over the summer it was slightly easier. Spinach, carrots, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, blueberries, gooseberries and parsnips grew plentifully in the garden, so the amount of fruit and veg we bought from the supermarkets decreased.
But once those supplies finished, we were once again back to plastic-wrapped items. It's impossible to get berries without the plastic. We have been choosing loose potatoes, tomatoes and apples where possible and re-using the bags we get them in.
However it's fair to say that with other fruit and veg we failed. And this was a choice, of course, because we wanted to have a diet rich and varied in different-coloured fruit and veg, not all of which were either from, or in season in Scotland.
Meat was easier. We have tried to cut down our meat consumption and what we do get is now from the local butcher who will fill our reusable boxes every week.
On paper, water and diluting juice should have been the easiest one. But when you have small people in the house who have to be persuaded to keep hydrated, having their favourites around is essential. So whilst we have cut down on these, we have by no means eliminated them!
The healthy breakfast oat and fruit smoothies, the evening kale and spinach-infused smoothies all rely on a steady supply of yoghurt! So the five large tubs per week still find their way to my recycling bucket.
We looked into getting milk in bottles, delivered from the local dairy. But that increased our milk budget too substantially. So the five milk cartons also still reside in my recycling bucket.
Living without plastic may have been a simple notion, but the outworking of it was, and remains, difficult. We do our best and will continue to try and reduce our need for plastic. But sadly eliminating it completely would only be possible if we radically overhauled our eating habits.
How about you? Do you think you could live another way, with less plastic in your life? Let us know if you take up the challenge and how you get on.