Week 2 Show Your Plastic Challenge
Total – 76 pieces, 1 pound 10 ounces
Week 2 has come to a finish and we continue to be swimming in a plastic sea of garbage. This week sees an increase in weight and volume of plastic items that we consumed. After I posted our Week 1 results, the following morning my husband brought in items that were hiding out in the car from our emergency trip to the dentist last Monday. So…despite my resolve to have a straw & utensil free week, you’ll see that our picture includes 2 straws and 4 disposable cups.
On the positive side, I can say that I did carry our stainless steel straws this week and refused straws and plastic cups all week. I prefer to use stainless straws over glass straws during our away from home trips due to the chance of an accidental break of the glass. The glass straws do stand up to abuse. However, we have found that if you drop the glass straw on a tile floor they do break! Imagine that…I did very little grocery shopping this week. The items included in this weeks count were many remnants from our two week Airstream travel trip and it’s various pre-plastic free purchases. In week 3, I’ll begin to include more detail on what’s pictured in our plastic consumption total for that week.
PLASTIC FREE PROGRESS:
My husband has been using our new razor purchased at a local antique/second hand shop. He found these cool stainless steel blades from Astra on Amazon. They are manufactured in Russia. I was so impressed and surprised to see that each blade is packaged without any plastic. They are wrapped in tiny envelopes of wax paper and another layer of paper. Each plastic free blade cost only $0.09.
I did run out of honey this week and contacted a local beekeeper at Big Creek Honey Farm to obtain a 1/2 gallon of honey. We delivered our reusable quart size canning jars to be filled and received a discount in return. The plastic lids I had on hand from our prior goat dairy farm operation. Finally, I purchased something entirely plastic free (new plastic) and in bulk directly from its source, steps away from where it was harvested. What a satisfying feeling!
Week 1 Totals – 64 items, 10.7 oz
Week 2 Totals – 76 items, 1 lb 10 oz
One goal for this week is to make my dog food at home. Every dog food bag that I’ve ever purchased is lined with plastic and therefore NOT recyclable. BIG BAG = BIG PLASTIC. We ran out of store bought dog food yesterday and started making it from items on hand. We have a 13 year old golden retriever who doesn’t have special dietary needs and isn’t a picky eater. I’ve made it two days..can I make it all seven to create a new habit? Help me by posting any ideas you have for easy, homemade dog food.
Another goal to implement this week is to minimize my incoming paper/plastic waste by declining catalogs and opting out of mailing lists (electronic and paper) using catalogchoice.com. Post a comment if you decide to act to minimize your unwanted mail and in turn help the environment and reduce your clutter by opting out.
Remember small steps add up to BIG CHANGES. Until next week….