Sled Dog Skippy

The Plastic Project (part of TYoR*)

This wasn’t my idea. I wish I had been so clever. Instead, I read how Sayward of Bonzai Aphrodite decided to challenge herself and others to reduce the amount plastic they use/purchase. She documented the amount she purchased in grocery shopping and then reduced that amount.

I have decided to keep every single piece of plastic I brought into my house or used up for one month in a bag. There are some, ahem, icky items that I went ahead and already pitched (smelly plastic baggies) but I did write down what they were. I am even keeping the plastic spouts from milk cartons. Little things like that.

I have to say, that after only 3 days, uh, I am concerned. Sure, Homer *has* 1 & 2 plastic recycling here (i say that with a shrug because there are rumors that in the winter the recycling program ceases to exist and that it all just gets dumped at the landfill). I am keeping all plastic, recyclable and non-recyclable. The trash bag (damn! also plastic) is filling quickly. It makes my heart hurt. Plastic is forever.

I will be photographing the plastic load at the end of the collection month. Then I will attempt to DRASTICALLY reduce the amount, if it means buying different products with less/without plastic, not buying them at all, buying/using things that ONLY come in recyclable forms, and/or being really creative with the plastic that is brought into my home.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

*The Year of Responsibility

5 Responses to “The Plastic Project (part of TYoR*)”

  1. MK says:

    As Sandy Drake would say, “Good on ya!” Looking forward to your report!

  2. Laura says:

    Skip, I heart this! Two things you might try: BioBag makes corn-based recycling bags that I’ve been using for a few year (http://www.reusablebags.com/store/kitchen-home-office-compostable-bags-c-50_90.html) and then just discovered that Preserve now makes recyclable razors (http://www.amazon.com/Recyclable-Razor-triple-blade-cartridges/dp/B000MRXN00). Miss you! No more Alaska, but I’ll come visit!!

  3. Kim says:

    Skippy, this idea is amazing. I would love to try it. I have to admit though, that while living in Turkey, I think recycling, etc. is too ambitious for me. I think this is still a country where if people throw things in a garbage bin, they are being very environmentally friendly! Anyway, I want to share this idea with other people, and I would love to give it a try myself sometime soon. Good luck and smooches!

  4. Skippy says:

    @ Kim–thanks! It must be very hard to see the lack of recycling every day. I’m certainly not saying the US has it figured out, because we sure as hell don’t–recycling isn’t the real answer. The real answer, I think, is to package things differently or just NOT BUY THEM. Good luck on your Plastic Purge!

  5. Skippy says:

    @ Laura–ooo! Thanks! And then I have to grapple with–do I buy them from Amazon and deal with the consequences of them being shipped here? Not too sustainable, either. I need to ask my local stores to carry these.

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