Dumpster Diving

As part of Plastic Free February, we are collecting our plastic waste for one week. This is a little counter-intuitive, because if we were actually plastic free in February, we wouldn’t have any plastic waste to collect. Right?

Sigh.

Sadly, we have plenty to collect. Yesterday Bug and I spread the collection from just one day on the kitchen floor to examine our progress.

  1. Two Amazon Fresh plastic bags from a recent delivery. (These arrive, despite the fact that I select the “less packaging” option every time I order. More infuriating is that one of those bags held a package of sausages that were inside yet another plastic bag, while the other held a single lemon. Why the sausages and the lemon couldn’t be put in the same plastic bag – or no plastic bag at all – is beyond me.)
  2. Red twist tie-type thing that holds Amazon Fresh crates closed.
  3. One interior plastic bag from a box of frozen waffles.
  4. One Odwalla juice jug, plus lid.
  5. Two plastic-windowed envelopes.
  6. Two string cheese wrappers.
  7. One Orbits gum 3-pack wrapper.
  8. One Orbits gum wrapper (the wrapper inside the 3-pack wrapper).
  9. One bag of Rice Chips (this is extra embarrassing in that I ate that entire bag in one day).
  10. The cut-off corner to a bag of baby carrots (the remainder of the bag will likely show up later in the week).
  11. One ziplock baggie from Bug’s lunch bag.
  12. One plastic-lined top to a bag of tortilla chips (the remainder of this bag will also show up later this week).
  13. One cap to a carton of orange juice.

If that’s just 24 hours, imagine what the pile will look like by the end of the week.

As we reviewed our stash, I asked Bug to suggest ways that we could reduce our waste. We could stop ordering from Amazon Fresh, he suggested. Make waffles from scratch (which would be divine, but honestly isn’t likely to happen during the rushed week-day mornings). Buy regular carrots instead of packaged baby ones (this representing a huge break through – Bug used to only eat baby carrots). Use ReUsies instead of ziplocks to pack lunch. We also talked about what items we can reuse and what we can recycle.

So, while we’re not plastic free yet, I like to think that participating this month is providing ample educational opportunities. If nothing else, Bug now walks around pointing at things and gasping, “That’s plastic too!” which is annoying and satisfying at the same time.

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