Plastic waste journal

Plastic Waste Journal #9

This is the plastic waste from March (and the first week of April…) 2018:

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May I draw your attention to the 2 huge plastic muffin containers. Total zero-waste fail! It was our snack day at the pre-k and I had all the ingredients to make healthy, vegan banana bread the night before. I woke up that morning with a start, realizing that I HADN’T ACTUALLY MADE THE BANANA BREAD!! So Zach had to swing by the store and buy muffins. Not only was their packaging the worst, they were full of unpronounceable ingredients and covered with sugar crystals. Uggg. I have to remind myself of how far we’ve come when I get discouraged. I would have bought those muffins without a single second thought a year ago, now at least I know enough to be upset by it.

Being aware of a problem is the first step toward taking action to do things a better way!

Speaking of doing things a better way, I am encouraged to see very little food packaging in our pile. The last spaghetti noodle package is pictured. Filling my containers at EarthFare and WholeFoods now feels totally normal. When I first started, I was super embarrassed and was sure everyone was staring at me. Now I think I would be more embarrassed to buy food in packaging!

A word about the plastic ziplock bag. I blame this entirely on our cat. While using the beeswax infused cloths like Beeswrap replaces most of the need for ziplocks, the sheets aren’t super large. I still have about 15 of the gallon sized bags that we use for loaves of bread (made in the bread machine!). We simply wash them after using and hang them over the paper towel holder to dry (since it isn’t holding paper towels anymore after switching to real cloths). I think 15 should last about a lifetime. Except now we only have 14 because our cat ate huge holes the one pictured!

4 thoughts on “Plastic Waste Journal #9”

  1. Very happy to have stumbled onto your blog today. I live near Chattanooga (well, 45 min away, but it’s my nearest city) and really want to find bulk shopping options to help cut our waste. When you go to EarthFare or Whole Foods, do you have them tare your jars when you first get there or do you just have the weights written on them and they trust you?

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    1. Glad to hear you are trying out the bulk bin! It is so much cheaper too! The first time I use a container, I bring it to the cashier and ask them for its tare, which I write on the lid with a sharpie (not sure what to do when I run out of sharpies!). From there on out, I don’t have to re-tare it every time. After filling a container, I write the item # on the lid with a dry-erase or washable marker.

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      1. I painted the tops of my jars with chalkboard paint and can write the weight on the top with chalk. I’m really not sure if this is more eco-friendly or not, but it may be a good alternative to sharpies?

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      2. I like that idea for writing the item #, since that often changes. Does that mean that you re-weight the jar every time the chalk washes off? One think I like about the sharpie is I only have to weigh a jar once. If anyone else has a suggestion, let me know!

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