Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 50!

Progressing to a less-plastic lifestyle as we have been over the last 13 months has led to the learning of a number of new things. There is a facewash that we both like (without plastic), buying fruit "bulk" rather than in prepackaged bags (no matter the price) isn't hard (and usually results in less waste), peanut butter in glass jars tastes better and our bunny much appreciates that we now buy bunches of carrots (with the tops) rather than bags. Amongst other things of course.

When we first started this journey we had no idea what it would bring or that it would have become a part of our lives for this long. Despite an uncountable number of positive changes The Plastic Trash Challenge has brought to our household and our environment, we're taking a hiatus. Regrettably it has become one more thing to stress about, which was never the intention. We all grow and progress through our lives and are naturally at a different place today than we were a year ago. Or ten. While we will continue to use our bulk bin bags and travel mugs (and use "the rules" as leverage not to hit up the Dairy Queen drivethru) we're going to quit counting our plastic for awhile.

But I certainly encourage you to! (Always feel free to ask questions if you're stuck with something.) I like to think of myself as a student of the great Beth Terry who runs Here are a few things we happened to amass this week:

1. Steak package
2. 2 Cereal bags
3. Triscuit bag
4. Cheese wrapper
5. Stickers from fruit from the week
6. Trash bag for the week
7. Vermicelli bag
8. Blueberry bag
9. Hair product bottle
10. Celery bag
11. Pizza mix bag with accompanying yeast packet
12. Bandaid wrappers
13. Bread bag
14. Credit card (fraud... they're sending a new one)
15. Seal from protein powder tub
16. 2 Yogurt tubs
17. Mayo jar
18. Seal from new mayo jar
19. Cheese sauce mix packet
20. Almond milk carton pull tab
21. Deli container
22. Inside of wooden lid to glass bottle of hot sauce
23. Wrapper to new hot sauce bottle
24. Cumin seed packet

Things that we have eliminated from our household in the last 50 weeks: Cereal, Coffee, Plastic Wrapped Cans such as sardines, Deli Clamshell Containers, Pizza Crust Mix, Facewash, Saran wrap, Styrofoam meat trays, 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)

Kind of impressive, right?

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