Show Your Plastic Challenge: Week 9

Week 9 SHOW YOUR PLASTIC CHALLENGE

TOTAL –  55 PIECES, 1 lb 3 oz

Show Your Plastic Challenge Week 9

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

SUMMARY

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.

GOALS

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.

Comments

    • Jen says

      Recycling is good but its not the best solution. It’s typically down cycled into another product that cannot be recycled again. Unless the products we buy are made from 100% post consumer recycled plastics, like Dr. Bronner’s soap. Reduce should always come first before recycling.

  1. says

    How awesome. I never would have thought of taking such a challenge but can definitely see the need! I wonder if I could talk my family into giving it a go. Thanks for the idea.

  2. says

    It’s pretty sad that I sit here thinking I could never be completely plastic free. It would be so hard. I’m super impressed by your progress. Kudos to you!

    • Jen says

      Remember the old cliche, “Never say never.” It may take time to change habits but it’s not impossible. Patience and ingenuity are prerequisites to change. I must repeat to myself regularly, “I think I can, I think I can.”

    • Jen says

      It was very hard the first few weeks – trying to determine top priorities to lessen plastic consumption. I’ve learned to pace myself with changes. It is enjoyable but every week poses a new fun challenge. This week from my picture you can see that we could have avoided more than what we did. A trip with a 5 hour commute poses an interesting twist when I’ve forgotten some of our ‘to go’ implements.

    • Jen says

      It’s definitely a challenge. We continue to make improvements everyday. It’s good to know that you are working toward a similar goal.

  3. says

    This is great! I so need to do something like this. We have so much plastic around our house and it seems like there is no way to get away from certain items. This gives me ideas and hope though!

    • Jen says

      I’m happy to be giving you ideas! I had the same thought the first few weeks – it seemed like an insurmountable task. Now – I feel differently. We can accomplish anything we put our minds to and that includes living without plastic.

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