I have recently read the book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry. It was motivating to say the least. Our family was in Southern California when I discovered the book and began devouring it. We were enjoying the beach and sea life while camping in our Airstream trailer. Picturesque until you notice all of the PLASTIC garbage that was present peeking out of every bush and crevice. It was a very troubling sight.
Our family has resolved to begin being mindful of our plastic consumption. As I write, the first week of ‘mindful consumption’ has ended. Wow! I’ve never been so aware of how much plastic is around me and it’s affects on the health of my family and our beautiful Earth. So now guilt aside I share with you my picture of our family’s plastic for this week (recyclable and non-recyclable). Grimace!
Ugh, I am overwhelmed with the amount of plastic we consume as a family. We compost and recycle. We produce one regular kitchen bag of garbage every 7-10 days. After seeing the results of the Show Your Plastic Challenge this week, I think our entire garbage bag must be plastic! I’m disgusted. Once we begin to try to cut off purchasing new plastic it will interesting to see how long our existing stash of plastic goods last….longer than I’d like I’m sure.
This week we’ve resolved to replace our disposable shavers with sustainable alternatives. My husband found a safety razor at a local antique store for $2.00 and ordered 100 blades from Amazon for $9.00. Also, I am going to work on carrying our reusable straws and bamboo utensils and saying “No!” to their disposable alternatives.
Until next week, let’s all resolve to be more mindful consumers. Once I throw this item in the garbage and it goes away, where is AWAY?