We have decided to post weekly results for the May Challenge. Instead of monthly, then we can see more often what we need to fix. I am happy with our results, but know we can do so much better. It is good to see everything laid out, it helps to see what we really need to work on. Below is the photo from Week 1 (May 1-7) of all our plastic that we used.
(Ole’s birthday party, not everyone knew we are on the challenge)
2 produce bags
1 Cava bottle top wrapper
1 Chocolate bar wrapper
2 6 pack wrappers from local beer
2 frozen food packages, french fries and diced potatoes (had been lingering in fridge)
1 sour cream container
1 plain yogurt container
1 IKEA candle cover/lid
1 chocolate bar wrapper
1 5 KG bag rice
1 1 KG bag whole grain rice
3 wrappers from pork loin
(figured I would bring them from the butcher for the count, since our meat was already in it.)
1 6 pack wrapper from local beer
1 salmon wrapper
1 snickers bar wrapper
2 juice box tabs
1 button from new mesh strainer / siv
1 cap with wrapper from Oil bottle
1 wooden cutting board wrapper
I have submitted our results to the My Plastic Free Life: Plastic Trash Challenge. Beth, of My Plastic Free Life, ask some questions when you submit your weeks tally. Here are my answers below.
What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
I have been making my own yogurt for some time now, but my starter died out last week (I waited to long between batches).. So I had to buy a new container of yogurt to get it going again.
Salmon – We will now be buying it only fresh – I mean, I am living in Norway land of fish!
Snickers – Ole bought it on the way to a footbal match
Rice – I have finally been able to find a store that sells boxed rice!
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Frozen food items. They have been bought out of laziness, we are on another challenge to buy nothing processed – so no more of them!
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Baking Chocolate – it only comes in plastic wrappers here 🙁
Our local beer, we know the brewers and love that it is local. However, we will be letting them know more and more (then we already have) that they should pack the 6 packs in paper.
My local butcher has started pre packing down the cuts of meat we buy. They used to just have then sitting out in the counter, but now they are already in a baggie. Since it was for the food I am buying I tell them to leave it in the bag, so I can add it to my count.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We have been trying to reduce our plastic for some time now. I have been following the other ‘challengies’ and have decided that we need to join in!
We have made significant changes in our life since the new year. We are trying to only eat 100% real unprocessed locally grown/raised food. It is amazing how much plastic is eliminated when you are not buying packaged foods.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Everything but the oil, meat and beer packaging.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I was hoping that we would not have this much trash. We have been consciously avoid plastics for some months now. But it is nice (a sad nice) to see where we are actually at in our plastic collection. We will be actively counting our plastics the whole month of May.