Plastic Free Challenge Week #2 

Week 2 of my plastic free challenge came to an end Saturday night. So I’m going to share my experience doing this plastic free challenge for the last two weeks.

What plastic did I consume in week #2?

Clearly I still used plastic these last two weeks but it was a good challenge for me to discover how much plastic I actually do consume and how much can I reduce. The top picture is how much plastic I used in week two and the bottom picture is plastic that was in my cupboards. Last week I went through my cupboards and cleared out old things that have been there for months that needed to be dumped. But for transparency I added them also because it was still plastic I had to throw away during the week. Here is the list from the photo above of everything I actually purchased/used/received in the second week of my challenge:

  1. Baby wipes & diaper package
  2. Two mango containers from Costco
  3. Eraser toys of my daughter that broke (are erasers plastic? I would think yes nowadays although erasers originally were not plastic)
  4. Plastic lid
  5. Plastic lid wrap-around thing
  6. Candy someone gave my daughter
  7. Baby toothbrush container-part (toothbrush is in the shape of a banana)
  8. Packaging from the mail
  9. Two mints from Maggiano’s
  10. Plastic tag from asparagus bunch
  11. Produce stickers
  12. Bulk bin twisties
  13. Lactose package (I use to make my babies formula from scratch)
  14. Pasta bag
  15. Plastic bag that had bread in it my aunt gave me when I visited her

If you aren’t including the plastic coming from my pantry clean out, I only consumed a little less plastic than the week before.

Overall how hard is it to go plastic free?

It’s hard. Anytime you are changing your habits and lifestyle it’s going to take learning. It took me extra time to meal plan for the week. Since we eat a plant-based diet in our home with very little animal products in the month, many alternative vegan products come in packages so I had to make more things from scratch. This is good because although I think we eat pretty healthy with lot of produce, making just about everything from scratch took it to another level. It certainly is a new system that I would have to develop over the next few months. Another hard thing was that there are somethings (like mangos) that I can’t find better quality of without plastic packaging.

Do I plan on keeping up the plastic free challenge?

Absolutely. I bought Bea Johnson’s book “Zero Waste Home” which is chalk full of really great information on how to reduce your waste consumption. It was incredibly rewarding for me to be a more conscious consumer and I plan to continue to work towards reducing our waste more and more as time goes on. Some people I think can do it ‘cold turkey’ if you want to say, but with our family, I think it will take time. It starts with us and then letting others around us know of our changed lifestyle which for me -is the hardest part.

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