Plastic Free July 2019 Day 24

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

On Day 23, I took a flight to Melbourne.

Aeroplane refreshments:

Aeroplace snack

Although I brought my own reusable cup for the plane, the one-shot milk and the snack gave me three piece of plastic. Plus plastic from the baggage tag.

Gelato tasting spoons

Gelato Tasting spoons

I was in Melbourne. I was going to the theatre. I was about 10m away from Gelato Primavera, how could I not get gelato? But to get gelato, one must taste gelato. Hence spoons. You can see that I have tasted two flavours. Although the back of the tasting spoons states “Biodegradable & compostable”, it appears that this may be just a case of greenwashing, with plant-derived plastics being worse for the environment than fossil fuel derived plastics. I had the intention of taking these spoons home to try and compost them at home (to prove or disprove that they are compostable), but
“Another issue is that even when they are composted, the quality of the compost is not very good. The “compostable” bio-plastics break down into a very sticky, resin-y debris that creates poor compost that’s not rich and nutritious for plants like compost from truly organic materials.”

Ew. I don’t want that in my garden.

Five pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 55

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Plastic Free July 2019 Day 23

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

Days 22. NO PLASTIC. Probably.

Unless I did use plastic but forgot to take a photo of it.

On Day 23:

Postage Satchel

Postage satchel

I bought a bag off a buy swap sell site. It arrived damaged – the main purpose of this photo. But you can also see the edge of the plastic postage satchel in this photo.

Meat Packaging:

Meat Packaging

As much as I try to turn my other half into a vegetarian, even by stealth, sometimes he just rebels and buys five T-bone steaks and eats the lot. So I might as well buy him some meat from a suitable source. This packaging will have three pieces – hard plastic, soft plastic, moisture absorber packet.

Four pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 49

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 21

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage). This is taking a bit longer than expected, what with life and work and general business. This will probably be my last year at cataloging my plastic usage in this way.

Days 17-20. Four days: NO PLASTIC.

Unless I did use plastic but forgot to take a photo of it.

On Day 17:

Tea:

Teabag wrapper

Yup. Teabag in a wrapper, taken from a hotel room in China.

Coconut Oil:

Coconut Oil

Although the coconut oil is in a reusable glass jar, there is a plastic “safety seal” around the lid. After I opened this jar (lasts me a year), I saw that Naked Foods sells coconut oil in bulk – so you can refill your containers. I’ll remember this for next time.

Two pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 45

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 16

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

On Day 16, I unwrapped the last of my packet of boxed milk

Milk Box wrapper:

Milk box wrapper

Nevin from Under the Choko Tree has posted about the packaging hierachy. I know that tetrapaks are at the bottom of the recyclable packaging hierachy, because it is a combination of plastic lined foil and cardboard layers. But sometimes I need emergency milk in the cupboard for when I’ve run out. I don’t really like powdered milk. I can’t always run to the shops to get more.

One piece of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 43

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 15

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

On Day 15, I got a new diary from work.

Plastic Sticker

Diary

Today, I was offsite. Here is the tea that is provided:

Pyramid Teabag

Yes, my reusable darth vadar keep cup served with a plastic pyramid teabag and a side order of wrapper.

Three pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 42

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 14

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

On Day 14, I bought beans.

Beans wrapped in plastic:

Green beans

I am part of the problem, I really am.

At least the packaging can be recycled via the soft plastic recycling bin at the supermarkets into plastic furniture (which then breaks down in sunlight and creates microplastics. Sigh).

I spotted this exciting bit of kit when out & about:

Commercial Organics Composting

More interesting than landfill. The blurb says:“transforms food waste into recyclable pulp that is then used to produce organic fertiliser”.

This thing accepts fruit and vegetables, all food scraps and plate scrapings, rice and pasta, coffee grinds and tea bags, peels and rinds, dairy foods, meat and seafood (small bones only), and cooked chicken. It can’t handle pineapple tops or corn husks.

I thought it turns the stuff into something which is then composted. But no, their facebook site has it being used as a methane producer, the off-gassing then being used to spine a turbine and create power.

One piece of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 39

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 13

Continuing on my attempt at a plastic free month (or a month of cataloging my plastic usage).

On Day 13, instead of driving to the Castle Hill Farmer’s Markets, I caught the train. It was one of the driverless (or remote-control driven) metro trains. Okay, so I had to drive to the train station, but instead of sitting in traffic most of the way, I pretended to “drive the train”.

Stickytape:

Sticky tape

So I bought my goods from the markets. Somehow today, I have contributed to these two plastic pieces of tape.

Pine nuts:

Pine nutd

Yeah, I needed more to make more pesto.

Meat tray:

Meat tray

Meat tray has inbuilt hidden moisture absorber. Which means this styrofoam is totally not recyclable, even if styrofoam was recycled in Australia. Soft plastic cling film, which I wash off to put into the soft plastic recycling bin at the supermarkets. In other exciting news, gelato messina, who sells gelato by the scoop or by the sytrofoam tub, will now allow you to return the styrofoam icecream tub to them, and they will ‘crush and reuse is elsewhere’. I had asked them in the past if it was possible for them to reuse the styrofoam containers, and maybe just replace the inner plastic liner each time someone buys a tub of gelato. Unfortunately, they buy this liner + styrofoam box as a unit from the supplier; and they cannot just buy the liners on their own.

Five plastic pieces today.

Plastic Count: 38