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Week one is done. Hadn’t quite thought about how personal posting pics of one’s garbage is!
Is worth it though. Is such an eye opener and it’s already having an impact. Today at work we had an all day meeting so pizza was ordered in for lunch. With styrofoam plates. :-( I certainly couldn’t use one since I just promised (see below) to not use any more styrofoam. So I walked back to my building to get my plate and cutlery from my office. :-)
- 2 jugs (local apple cider) – recycling #2 – this is included in our curbside recycling
- 1 potato chip bag
- 1 package – organic sausages
- 1 bag tortilla chips – bag looked to be paper but is fully plastic on the inside
- 2 pieces saran wrap *
- 1 plastic window from a bag of bread
- 1 bag local cheese curds
- 2 stickers from a box of choc
- plastic security seal from eye drops
- label from a glass bottle of juice
- cough drop wrappers
- 2 cookie wrappers*
- 1 bag salad greens – opened badly so hard to reuse
- conference name tag (printed on hard plastic like a credit card – grrrr)
- conference name tag holder
- styrofoam container – went to a restaurant that only served in styrofoam!
- small plastic pot and lid
- 4 plastic grocery bags (not depicted)
*items with a star are from my lunches at a conference I attended last week – I was going to bring my own but figured since they were making a lunch for me and the plastic would be going into the garbage anyway, I may as well get the lunch. Good decision?
Total number of items = 32
Total weight of plastic stash = 7oz
- What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
*sausages – bought from a butcher in butcher paper
*choc box stickers – easy to get choc in non plastic packaging
- What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
*any food served only in styrofoam at restaurants
- How many of these items are from “convenience” foods that could be made from scratch with less packaging but might take more time to prepare?
*perogies (was what was in the styrofoam)
- What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
*local apple cider (I know not really essential but so good and only available for a short period. Will keep looking for glass though)
- What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
*less junk food
- What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
- What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
*I’m actually surprised there wasn’t more plastic. I’m annoyed at the conference pass thing. Am going to write to the organizers to see if they can do it with less plastic next year (is an annual conference).
- location = Ottawa, ON, Canada
- gender = female
- relationship status = married no kids
- work=in an office
Read all posts by: Green_Grrl
If they press the cider on-site, you may be able to bring your own glass container and have them fill it directly. This way you also reuse the glass before recycling it.
Hi Beth! Great idea. :-) We have two local orchards that sell cider. I'll try both. I know one already sells their apple cider vinegar in glass so it might not be too hard a sell. I'll let you know how it goes. .-= RachelM´s last blog ..Watermelon rind pickle =-.
Hi Green Grrl. Thanks for joining the challenge! I'm wondering if you would be willing to speak to your local apple cider producer about bottling in glass. You could mention that you prefer not to eat food that is packaged in plastic. You might also suggest that they offer a choice to consumers if they feel glass is too expensive. Maybe let them know some people would be willing to pay a little extra for glass? What do you say? .-= Beth Terry´s last blog ..Tapped: Even More Arguments Against Bottled Water =-.