After a week of collecting all of our plastic waste in a pile in the kitchen, we are thoroughly ashamed of ourselves. Here’s our summary.
- There are four of us: 2 adults, 1 child (9), 1 baby (5 months)
- All of my plastic waste is included. Baby Jupiter’s disposable diapers were not included because I didn’t really want them hanging around. He averages 3 disposables/night (cloth during the day), so we can safely add 21 diapers to our tally. Mr. Legume presumably had additional waste that ended its life at his office and is not included here. Bug brought home all the plastic that was sent to school in his lunch box, so that’s included… but he spent 2 days at his dad’s place and I can’t be held accountable for that household’s waste too, so that’s not included.
- We collected for 7 full days.
The Reuse pile:
That’s 3 large Amazon Fresh plastic bags, 4 produce bags, and 2 Ziplock sandwich bags. These can all easily be reused. They can also be reduced through discontinuing use of Amazon Fresh (I’ve selected their “less packaging” delivery option, but still receive at least 4 plastic bags per order), our new reusable produce bags, and more consistent use of our cloth sandwich bags.
The recycle pile:
That’s 7 takeout containers (from dinners over the weekend); 2 juice jugs (sans lids, which are too small to be recycled in Seattle); 1 salsa container; 1 sour cream container and lid; several produce bags (I cleaned out the fridge) that could be reused if I didn’t already have so many; 1 scones container; 1 fruit container, and lid.
Reduction here comes down primarily on the use of fewer conveniences (take out, pre-cut fruit, pre-made salsa) and using our new reusable produce bags.
And the trash pile: