In this post I will be discussing the trash that my household used to make thanksgiving happen. You must know that in my extended family we have a potluck style dinner. This year my family was responsible for the turkey, deviled eggs, and the pies.
All of the items above are items that have some kind of plastic in them. I weighed all of the items and it came out to be six and a half pounds.
I made the deviled eggs. The one item that I used to use that is in plastic is mayo. This year I went to my local market to look for an alternative. I was not able to find an alternative with no plastic, but instead of buying mayo in a plastic bottle I found one in a glass jar with a plastic top and a seal. I will be able to reuse the bottle in the future with the plastic top. My only plastic contribution is the seal around the jar.
My mother and sister made the pies. I can only speak for the ones that my mom made as they were the ones I saw. Basically my mom wins the no plastic award! She used no plastic at all to bake a mincemeat pie and an apple pie.
As promised in the rule section I will be showing you my monthly plastic. My bag of shame is where I collect all of the plastic that I do accumulate in my life.
This time I am including all of the plastic trash that I have used since I started this lifestyle. Interestingly I remember all of these items and why I have them. There is a LARABAR wrapper from the first week when I was not prepared enough and though I would die of hunger. The salsa container was a heartbreak because I bought a burrito to avoid plastic not knowing that they put the salsa in a separate container. You might ask why I have a brown paper in the background? Well that is from a night where I went out for pizza at the Cheese Board. I thought that it was wax paper, later that night I burnt the corner to make sure. That's when I realized that it is indeed plastic coated. There are milk caps, a plastic seal that I didn't realize was there, and a ripped reusable bag that I can no longer reuse. The biggest plastic purchase I made was the grey hard plastic on the top of the picture. It is from a few weeks ago when I bought a Stand Up Paddleboard. I bought it used and the straps that I brought with me were not keeping the board attached to the top of my car so I went into the local Ace Hardware store to buy new straps. These were the least plastic wrapped.
All in all for the past 53 days my plastic trash is 6 oz.
Yesterday I got the following text message from a friend of mine after I had explained my anti-plastic life. He was in a grocery store when he texted me the following:
This message made my day! When I see that through my actions a conversation about plastic is possible. Also if because of this conversation my friend or anyone reading this blog buys just one less item that is packaged in plastic I feel like that is a first battle won!
Feel free to message me through the contact link to the left, the messages go straight to my personal email.
Thank you for taking the time to start this conversation.
As I said in a previous post I am going with the flow. I am replacing my plastic things as they run out or as I find better solutions. This morning I finally ran out of toothpaste. I have been squeezing this tube in every possible way to get just one more use out of it, but today I really believe that I got the last out of this tube.
Of course this meant that I had to find an alternative. I have known that one can use baking soda instead of toothpaste for years but I personally have never used it. I went out and bought organic baking soda from one of my local stores. (Are and hammer comes in a cardboard box so that is a great alternative as well.) I used a plastic bag that I have reused many-many times to put it in for the time I bought it and transported it home. At home I transferred it into a small mason jar (you may recognize the jar from my Trader Joes post. As always Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).
I made a label so everyone knows what the mystery white powder is. I'm excited about this new change,once again it takes me one step closer to a plasticless life.