Welcome to Wednesday’s weigh in… Every week, I try to be zero waste, as per my council (City of Sydney’s) catch phrase. Despite the garbo telling me it’s all a marketing ploy, I choose to track my landfill rubbish, and look at ways I could improve,
Here’s this week’s picture:
184 grams is pretty good. It certainly helps when there’s no broken plates in there, like last week.
My shopping had a small contribution, all the little plastic hangers from the socks, and the stickers from the toes, ended up in landfill. I’m wondering, would Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home find alternatives with no waste, and pay more? Or would she politely give the cashier back the non recyclable rubbish these generated? What do you think?
So how am I going with this weigh in business? Well how about a nerdy little graph for you?
Not too shabby for a two person household, though I don’t really have a benchmark to compare to. Here’s my cumulative total since I started at Easter 2013.
Hopefully I can make a year under 15kg. And then next year, I can try and beat it.
For those who are wondering, most non recyclable waste I generate at work, I take home to add to the weigh in. I don’t take home wet tea bags though, that’s just a bit much! I also keep, wash and rinse most single use coffee cups that we end up with out and about. I don’t bring home food soiled packaging, such as if we were to have fish and chips, or a burger out. Sadly, I’m not yet ‘crazy enough’ as some would say, to insist on using my packaging for ‘fast’ foods. Where possible, I aim for little or no plastic with my food, but I don’t always achieve it.
So would Bea Johnson, or you, return the sock’s hangers and stickers to the discount store cashier? Or would you find somewhere else to buy your socks, and foot the possibly increased cost?