Week 9 SHOW YOUR PLASTIC CHALLENGE
TOTAL – 55 PIECES, 1 lb 3 oz
I’ve never squeezed a tube of toothpaste so tightly. As I massaged the Tom’s of Maine mint tube to get every last drop out, I thought to myself,
“Am I ready for this?”
I committed mentally to not buying anymore plastic tubes once this one was gone. Sometimes my imagination gets the better of me. It’s time this week to enter uncharted waters – sampling baking soda for a toothpaste substitute. If I have difficulty with the plain stuff I’ve got a plan B, a recipe for homemade toothpaste. Maybe I should find a plan C just in case….use my kid’s silly strawberry Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. I’ve got a stockpile of it.
The return visit to the Farmer’s Market was a success.
While it was not plastic free, we did take back a lot of the plastic packaging to be reused by the growers that would participate in the reuse program. I’m going to try to only purchase from the growers that choose to reuse plastic clam shells and other packaging. I made a statement at the market by taking my organic cotton produce bag and pouring the produce that was packaged in plastic into my bag and leaving the plastic for the grower at the market.
Also, I arranged to meet a woman there who put a request on freecycle.org for wine bottles to reuse. A nice discussion ensued about reusing instead of producing more waste. That was a victory in my mind. It made people think…
I began completing the personal care substitution worksheet from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too this week. Wow! What a job! It will take me several weeks to research and decide on possible alternatives in this area. I’ve published my top 10 items in the Personal Care Substitution worksheet this week for you to take a gander at. Next week I hope to conquer the next 10 to make a total of 20.
Here’s a list of what we consumed this week: Week 9 Table
PLASTIC FREE PROGRESS
- Made homemade easy, goat chevre cheese to turn into various sweet & savory flavors.
- Sent envelope of produce stickers to Wildman for artist creations.
- Made 2nd visit to Farmers Market with the goal of plastic free produce.
- Week 5 of obtaining milk in glass jars locally
- Week 3 of homemade yogurt
Month 1 Summary – 273 items, 5 lbs 8.3 oz
Week 5 Totals – 54 items, 1 lb 6.5 oz
Week 6 Totals – 52 items, 1 lb 4 oz
Week 7 Totals – 57 items, 1 lb 5 oz
Week 8 Totals – 58 items, 13.6 oz
Month 2 Summary – 221 items, 4 lbs 13 oz.
- Continue the next 10 items in the Personal Care Substitution worksheet from Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.
- Recycle batteries at Radio Shack.
- Make homemade toothpaste.
- Organize a plastic free ’To Go’ lunch kit.
What items are you interesting in seeing during my mid-week posts? More GF basic recipes, personal care recipes, reviews on plastic free products or our personal experiences? Post a comment to let me know.