Trash review

First, this is gold, from trash talking Republicans:

For the past few months, I’ve held off the cleaner from emptying the bathroom bin.  Cause I’m a nutso.

Here’s what I know

  • we use many plastic/foil sheets of medications, prescription or otherwise.  It’s the standard way to get pain killer or anything in Australia.  Thankfully, vitamins etc come in bottle.
  • shaving cream: I have no idea what makes up those pressurised canisters!?  And not too different to asthma medication sprays too…
  • band aids: the plasticised slips they come in, and their mixed media fabric and adhesive make up
  • floss & floss picks: I tried and failed with a compostable alternative. The BF prefers the picks, and I promote his efforts in dental hygiene, waste be damned.
  • expired tubes of medication, and toothpaste – there’s no way I’m at ‘tooth powder’ stage in a zero waste journey, so that’ll stay.

There’s two or three positives:

  • toliet tubes: I recycle those
  • hair: I loved having a shaved head, but now I have more ‘normal’ (for me) length hair, there’s a lot of it that comes out in a hairbrush.  Thankfully, it’s natural (no colours/dyes) so I will consider composting it
  • cotton buds: something I can’t do without, but I sought out organic cotton with cardboard sticks which I feel better about than plastic sticks

Overall, I would love to know more about those ‘jar of trash’ stars, and how they deal with my bag of items in the first list.  It abandoning some convenience and habits the only way?  Do they never cut themselves or have a headache…?

8 Replies to “Trash review”

  1. I am still terrible with waste…the very thought of how much non-recyclable stuff is used in the course of a week at my work makes me pale. Where do you get the organic cotton buds?

    Despite our profligacy with waste, I think there really are homes where lots of those items on the first list are not purchased. When we were kids, I can't remember my parents ever having foil-pack medication in the home. We did have bottled (liquid) fever medication. We never once saw floss as kids and cotton buds/bandaids were a rarity as well. If we cut ourselves, we'd wash it then run off to play again.

    Nowadays, my family purchases all those things, but I think we could 'cut back' on lots of them if we had to.

    1. Yeah I find myself 'rescuing' recycling at work and in the communal bins in this apartment block – yep, I'm that person.

      The cotton buds were from the co op – i feel like it's a small step in the right direction, and I'm using them less than daily now, so I've had the packet for a while now.

  2. Thanks for the update! The biggest waste at our place is packaging from buying electronics, and food packaging that can't be recycled, such as those awful coffee cans made from cardboard with metal ends and plastic lids (but the non-store brand version costs TWICE as much!) I was recently prescribed a brand-name medication that came in blister packs. When it was up for renewal I insisted on the generic brand which comes loose in a bottle. But I know that's not always possible. When I was a kid, there was no recycling, and people used to bury or burn their trash, but there was less of it. We've still come a long way!

    1. I'd have to say, we don't buy many electronics – but we have some gathering dust!! Food is nuts – I take plastics for recycling in the store, but I'm so dubious about the whole process!

      We have next to know prescriptions available in bottles – it seems it's a cultural thing. At least from US films, it seems pretty common to have vials filled – I've not ever seen that here.

      Oh I've discovered buried trash when creating a garden – what a nightmare to find crockery – really makes for funny looking carrots.

  3. i do worry about all the little plastic rubbish we create. Then I come to Asia and see the profligate use of plastic – eg individual mandarins wrapped in plastic, water bottle handed out by the score – and I worry how much plastic our planet can carry.

    Good on you for your individual responsibly and actions.

    You can get painkillers loose in a bottle. Voltarin, I think.

    1. We stocked up on bottles of pain killers in the US, and they are great to have at home (a little harder to take out and about to work etc). The plastic water bottle thing really annoys me when I’m out without a BYO bottle. But sometimes, thirst wins and I’m not wasting calories on a soft drink, there’s just no ‘value’ in it for me.

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