So, it’s meant to be Plastic Free July, but I was a eager beaver? Or figured it might help others to start analysing before it’s too late for you readers to get on board.
On Friday 1 June, I started collecting all my waste that wasn’t destined for the worm farm or recycling. I didn’t photograph the following no longer so fresh ingredients: onion skins and ends, lemons, and off ricotta cheese and similar. None of these are OK for the worm farm.
I’ve also skipped photographing dental floss and cotton buds.
But the rest… in photographic glory. A third of the way through the month.
Ok, so what could I do better with?
Flowers are part of my volunteering time, and I really enjoy the creation of ‘things’. No all flowers come wrapped in plastic, but it’s not possible to get certain types with plastic wrap. I can RedCycle this plastic though; along with the cling film from fruit and vege trays. The green tape is from making a flower crown and not something I use most of the time; like the wires.
Fruit foam trays will go back to the local green grocer where I expect them to be reused, as it’s a sole trader. I buy cheaply priced items like this – those aiming to prevent food waste. Also, snow peas and sugar snaps ONLY come on trays. I reuse the large plastic bag from grocery store spinach and refill at the green grocer 🙂
Pen packaging and in time the pens. You can buy pens loose, but I did like the price ($12.50 for 12. A militant zero waster would have done without. And I’ll admit I have some coloured pens from scouring the work stationary supplies.
Cucumber of the lebanese variety are always wrapped. And others aren’t. (Aside: I paid $3 (!!) for a singular cuc yest!). I have found that the long Lebanese cucumbers can last longer, grow less mould and shrivel less. I will RedCycle the plastic. I buy a cucumber a week on average, and this was the first Lebanese is a long time.
Peanut butter jar is a tricky one. I’ve worked to use a spatular to get as much as possible out. I can wash it up. Or give it to the dog as a game to getting to the last scraps – she’d love that I reckon.
Circling back to the unphotographed waste – I am planning to go back to buying plastic free cotton buds, as I feel even if they end up in landfill, longer term they have a chance of breaking down in a way that plastic tubes in cotton buds do not.
I think will this account complete, I’ll take out the trash (with the cheese, onion and lemons) with the items that won’t RedCycle.
How do you think your bin audit would fare?