I think about my trash more than any 28 year old probably should… And then I share these weird and wonderful thoughts here. 😀
So I started thinking about what were ‘repeat’ offender in my trash and what changes I could be making, or need to plan to make. And then there are plastic items that I won’t replace, as I already have them, but am mindful of. Here’s what I have
Things I could improve/substitute
- razors: when the disposable type run out (and I do use them for many many more times than usual), I’ll look for a metal handled replacement. Even something that you only change the blades in would be an improvement
- floss: silk thread is the best alternative,
so I need to purchase some soon. See, it’ll either be unwrapped (and is that hygenic?) or it’ll be plastic wrapped. you can’t win can you! I’ll update you on this in coming weeks – I’ve only tried it once
- toothbrushes: when my supply of plasticy French toothbrushes die, I will look into more natural alternatives, most likely bamboo.
- cotton buds: The World Without Us was graphic enough to let me know those little plastic tubes are no good, so I’ll buy more from GoBamboo when I find a stockist in this city
- tampons: for the few men, I won’t go into details, but I could do without individually wrapped items.
- blister packs from tablets: not sure i”ll ever find a work around here!
- bandaids: again, is there a recyclable/low waste option
- straws: rarely I’ll buy a drink with one. I should ask for them without straws, or buy a metal or glass straw
- cutlery: I have a bamboo set, perhaps they should be in the handbag at all times (given you saw what’s in my handbag)
- sushi trays: I need to BYO my plate or similar I think… Possible – yes? Probable – no! Still, as I tick things off this list, it might seem easier.
- dish sponges: I prefer sponges, and I know you can buy compostable ones from cellulose. Surely there’s a supplier closer than this one in Canada?
- sticky tape: there’s paper tape? I need to find out more and get me some! Although it’s main use is gift wrapping which isn’t that often
Things I can’t seem to get around
- jars: and the need to put a plastic seal around the rim. Do they not trust the brilliance of the pop top seal?
Compromises I make
- Yoghurt and sour cream pots: these come in reusable containers. I know ideally food + plastic don’t work, but I’m just not at the ‘make my own’ stage. And at least I pick the options where I have a container I can reuse over and over, rather than just recycling
- Zip Lock bags: Firstly, i don’t buy them. I buy frozen berries and the like, that come in them. Then I reuse them. It’s just so easy to buy bulk flours like this than with a huge (heavy) jar
- Pump packs: Like liquid soaps, this is the easiest dispensing method. I just buy them like this, and then refill when I need. Of course the refills are usually also in a recyclable plastic bottle
Longer(-ish) lifespan plastics
- Coat hangers: I could have decided to fill my closet with plastic. I could have gone wood/metal and maybe that’s an option for the future. But I like the consistency I have now.
- Fan: It was a gift, I would have otherwise sourced a more metal based fan
- TV/DVD/Radio: Can you buy these items non plastic? How would you make a remote control? In the meantime, I’ll live with these luxuries
- Blender/food processor/hand blender: I just can’t seem to find plastic free options, but two outta three were ‘freecycle’ finds rather than new purchases
- Pantry storage containers: I make the (potentially faulty) assumption that i’m not heating the plastics I store flours and other bulk items in, therefore it’s ok?
Waste Wednesday weigh in(s)
Last week, I came in at 254g (compared to other weeks, this is about double, but there’s a reason).
This week 113g (367-254g) <- man is plastic light though!
So that big weight week? Here’s why:
All cause I moved the coffee table to clean – sigh!
Great plastic references:
Tips and Alternatives