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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My plastic filled life

Can I go plastic free? If you follow me on twitter, I've been documenting my plastic use with the #noplastic hashtag. I knew that I was a frequent offender of plastic but I was shocked to realize how bad I was.

Here is the start of my list ...

  • 35 disposable diapers
  • 1 disposable coffee cup and lid
  • 8 tetra pak juice boxes
  • instant oatmeal packet
  • 4 Lindor Dark Chocolate wrappers
  • plastic from snack pack of nuts
  • 2 apple carrot sauce pouches
  • Plastic bread bag
  • Plastic knife to spread cream cheese
  • six plastic tubes for the stems of Gerber Daisies
  • Two 2 gallon milk containers


Then I went to my once a month Costco trip on Friday:



  • chicken nuggets
  • cheddar cheese
  • bread
  • organic beef
  • strawberries
  • black bean burgers


(and yes, this is what I buy once a month from Costco ... my trick, take a list and don't deviate!)


Then I went to Trader Joe's (I go once a week):

  • lettuce
  • steak
  • cheese sticks
  • tahini sauce
  • gorgonzola
  • naan
  • drinkable yogurt
  • lunch meat
  • tortillas
  • chocolate
  • ketchup
  • shaving cream (for my husband)


OH and I'm not done! The plastic carnage continues as I had to pick up a few things at Fred Meyer because Trader Joe's didn't have them:



So there it is ... I'm a major plastic offender.  What can I improve on? I would love to hear your thoughts (and please go easy on me) What habits will I change or have changed?

1 comment:

  1. I think it would be nearly impossible to eliminate plastic packaging from the foods you buy unless you start homesteading and growing everything yourself! On the other hand, it's the things in the first list. Plastic knife? Juice boxes? I'm trying to use less "throw away" plastic in the kids' lunches. This also means buying less "single serving" packages, but that's super hard... this is WORKING mama goes green, right?

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