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February 25, 2010

Erin Peters from The Conscious Shopper: Week 1

 

Erin Peter's One Week Trash Collection

I collected all my trash for one one week.  Listed below are the plastic items.  You can read the full post and weigh in on your own waste issues here:  http://consciousshopper.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-family.html

Disposables:

  • diapers
  • milk lids
  • plastic packaging
  • 2 superglue dispensers
  • 3 cereal bags
  • 1 cheese package
  • 1 sugar bag
  • 1 tortilla bag
  • 2 tortilla chip bags
  • 1 velveeta cheese wrapper
  • styrofoam cup with lid and straw
  • cocoa tub
  • broken belt
  • broken sunglasses
  • dried-out marker
  • random craft pieces

Recyclables (not pictured):

  • 2 milk jugs
  • 3 soymilk containers

A few notes about some of the items:

Diapers: We use cloth during the day and disposables at night because my kids get terrible rashes when we try cloth at night. The babe that’s in diapers now has about six more months, I think, until we’ll be done with diapers for good.

Broken sunglasses: Second Son got these from the doctor. They broke the next day.

Milk jugs: Normally we buy milk in returnable glass bottles, but Whole Foods was out of stock last week.

Brainstorming Solutions

  • Diapers: Try cloth at night one more time. If that doesn’t work, prepare to potty train.
  • Plastic packaging: Be more mindful of the packaging on products I buy.
  • Cereal bags and boxes, tortilla bag, tortilla chip bags: Make food from scratch.
  • Sugar bag, cocoa container: Check the bulk bins.

Now I have a plan of action for reducing my trash.

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2 comments
rachsbabycakes
rachsbabycakes

Hi Erin! That is awesome! I have a tip for the diapers. First you will have to change the the way they are washed. Do you wash yourself? That is the real question. If you do, then read below and this should help you. First add 1-2 cups white vinegar to the wash, and about a cup of baking soda. (If you have a top loading machine, soak them in the machine, simply turn it off after the basin fills up) Otherwise put them in a large bucket, bathtub, or whatever you are using for holding the dirties would work, pour on the vinegar and soda then fill to cover the diapers, and mix it up a bit. In the morning wash them, all the way, then wash again. Do this to all your diapers, it may take several washings to get them all. Always wash each load with 1/2 cup baking soda for a regular washer or less for the water/energy efficient models. I would use Arm and Hammer Detergent. It is pretty natural and works GREAT with diapers. We used cloth with both our girls. HTH! :) .-= rachsbabycakes´s last blog ..Amish Cinnamon Rolls =-.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Thanks for participating Erin. What did you learn from doing this exercise? How has your trash changed since then?

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