Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 44

The ground has frozen (no thanks to the -35 cold snap last week) to the point where it is no longer possible for us to bury our compost. And it took very little time to overwhelm our little worm bin with the amount of compost we generate. Sad. If we were going to be living here for any more than the next 2-3 years we would certainly invest in a composter, but given that we would be leaving it behind, I'm not sure it would be worth it. Rather than purchasing a ready-made composting device, maybe we could look into building one. I think we would have to speak with the family that owns the house that we rent to see if they would be okay with us installing a permanent fixture such as that in their backyard. Fortunately we're on good terms with them, so maybe it'll be a summer project!

Where I'm going with this is that we're now going to be generating quite a bit more "garbage" for the weekly pickup. Which means more bags going out. More sad. Maybe we can do something about it though?

Maybe we've done 44 weeks of things about it so far (and really have reduced the amount of garbage we send to the landfill) but one can always do better! Here's what we've eliminated from our home in 44 weeks:

Icing Sugar, Deodorant, Jars encased in plastic (such as multi-packs of pasta sauce), Chicken (or other) Stock cartons, Kale Chips,Vega Preworkout, Cream Cheese, Hair Conditioner, Sour Cream, Beverage Containers, Olive Oil, Shampoo, Packaged Mushrooms, Plastic Toothbrushes, Coconut Milk (packaged in plastic), Processed/Prepared Foodstuffs (ie dumpkings, perogies, spring rolls, tortellini etc.), Packaged Fish, Annie Chun's Seaweed Snacks, Tubed Polenta, Jell-o Cups, Avocado oil (in plastic), Ziploc bags (new), Plastic coated picture hanging wire, Alfalfa sprouts, Packaged fudge, Gnocchi, Baking powder, Replacement laptop cord (hopefully!), Bagged frozen veggies, Individually wrapped candy, Peanut Butter (in plastic jars), Cooking spray, Spices packaged in plastic, Pre-packaged lunch meat, Plastic salad dressing bottles, Instant noodles, Prepackaged granola bars, Plastic unrefillable spice grinders, Coconut milk fudgesicles, Dairy Queen, Citrus in bags, RealLime & RealLemon juice, Honey Bunny ketchup or their other sauces (unless their packaging changes), Bean sprouts (unless sold bulk), Starbucks (unless in a travel mug)


1. Packaging from large picture frame & kit
2. Packaging from package of small picture frames
3. Window in box of lasagna noodles
4. Starbucks cup & lid
5. Candy bag from Christmas
6. 5 Bread bags & tags
7. Cheesecloth package
8. Stickers on fruit & veggies
9. Cheese packaging
10. Floss container
11. Ripped Ziploc bag
12. 2 Lids & seals to glass bottles of vitamins
13. Bandaid wrappers
14. Seal to container of protein powder
15. Garbage bag for the weeks trash (not shown)
16. Pasta bag
17. 5 Plastic loops holding price cards onto metal baskets
18. Gifted "curry kit" containing several little baggies of spices etc
19. Icing sugar bag
20. Deodorant stick
21. Salad tub
22. Xanthan gum bag
23. Daiya bag
24. Black garbage bag formerly housing old grad dress
25. Tape on an envelope for a tax receipt
26. 2 Old containers from toolbox cleanout
27. Drywall plug container from toolbox cleanout
28. Bag of fresh basil

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