WEEK 3 SHOW YOUR PLASTIC CHALLENGE
TOTAL – 73 PIECES, 1 LB 10 OZ
Okay, so I thought that I was making some progress this week. My collection bag wasn’t overflowing on Friday and I was starting to feel some accomplishment. Then all at once – POOF! – it filled up and was spilling out. We made some accomplishments this week by choosing to be more mindful grocery shoppers. While we didn’t refuse all plastic free items yet, we did refuse to buy some of the gluten free grocery items that have been our regular purchases. We did limit our plastic purchases this week.
Without further ado, here are our pictures for this week…
Here’s a list of what we consumed this week: Week 3 Table
Before I talk about our conclusions and goals for this week (i.e. problems) let’s talk about the progress that we were able to make this week (i.e. success). Accentuate the positive first, right?
PLASTIC FREE PROGRESS:
- Disposable Shavers are a thing of the past! This week includes my last one (that I’m aware of in the house)
- Completed one week without buying store bought dog food in a plastic bag.
- Made 17 choices on Catalogchoice.org to refuse catalogs and choose to shop online if needed. Saved 1 tree, 201 lbs greenhouse gases, 72 lbs solid waste, and 484 gallons of water. WOW!
- 1st Plastic Free Mindful Grocery Shopping Trip (It was depressing! All I could see was plastic on every shelf, even at my favorite Whole Foods) I’ll blog this experience later.
- Researched new sources for recycling our waste: aseptic milk containers, Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tubes, Plastic Bottle Caps
- Dropped of all #5 Plastic Containers at Whole Foods for Gimme 5 Preserve Recycling Program
Week 1 Totals – 64 items, 10.7 oz
Week 2 Totals – 76 items, 1 lb 10 oz
Week 3 Totals – 73 items, 1 lb 10 oz
At this rate our family will produce over 67 pounds of plastic garbage this year. 67 pounds of non-biodegradable refuse that will be on our planet FOREVER….
- Complete a Grocery Substitution Worksheet from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too with ideas for plastic free substitutes of my top 20 grocery items. From the pictures you can obviously see that the majority of our plastic waste is from food.
- Implement one or two plastic free changes from the Grocery Substitution Worksheet. I’m leaning toward bread and cereal this week.
- Focus on refusing convenience items. This week I slipped up several times. I neglected to refuse a stir stick, water bottle, 2 plastic grocery bags (from a friend), etc. These were things that I forgot or was too embarrassed or just flat out too lazy to refuse. They shouldn’t have happened.