The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
January 12, 2012

2011 Plastic Trash Collection Wrap Up

As many of you know, 2011 was difficult and challenging for me in many ways. My mom passed away early in the year, and I didn’t really have time to truly grieve until after I finished the biggest project ever: writing my book. Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Toois now available for pre-order on Amazon. (I’ll tell you more about the book in a future post.)

I kept collecting my plastic waste all year and just today have finally made the time to photograph and post the 2011 tallies. Surprisingly, and somewhat disappointingly, the total was almost exactly the same weight as last year: 2.11 pounds. Keep in mind that this number represents both recyclable and non-recyclable plastic because I don’t consider recycling to be the answer to the plastic problem. While recycling is necessary, reducing our consumption should be the first priority.

So here’s what the 2011 batch looks like. It all fits inside one regular-sized plastic grocery bag.  (Click on 2011 tally links to see individual items.)

Beth Terry's 2011 Plastic Trash Collection by Beth Terry, on Flickr

Beth Terry's 2011 Plastic Trash Collection by Beth Terry, on Flickr

Making a change

I feel like I kind of let the plastic get away from me this year. Yes, 2 pounds is very low when you consider the average American generates at least 100 pounds of plastic waste per year. Still, I know it’s possible to reduce it even more with a bit more mindfulness. To that end, I have decided to return to posting weekly tallies. Don’t worry, I won’t post them on this blog.

From now on, I’m going to post my weekly tallies to the Show Your Plastic Trash Challenge site along with the other participants. In fact, I’ve already posted my tally for the first week of 2012.

Why not join me over there and start collecting? It’s a great way to not only keep ourselves accountable but learn from the discoveries and solutions of others.

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