Posts Tagged ‘choose to refuse’

Plastic Free July 2019 Day 30

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

On Day 30, I had a

Pork Chop:

Pork chop and some socks

Food. Supermarket bought. Hard shell plastic (bottom), softer top layer.

I also bought some socks, because they were on special. Two pieces of plastic, the “hook” that hangs on the supermarket rack, and “H-shaped” piece that ties the socks together. My other half has toenails that saw through socks like nobody’s business. Also the quality of this brand of sock has gone downhill since they shifted manufacturing offshore, so they are not lasting as long as they used to.

As an example, this is what the branding of socks look like after one single wash:
non-bonded bonds socks

The iron on transfer is coming off. I guess you could call them NON BONDED Bonds socks. This is pathetic. Why can’t they “knit in” the brand name like they used to, instead of using a plastic iron-on transfer that clearly isn’t working?

Five pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 65

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Plastic Free July 2019 Day 28

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

Day 25 – 27. No plastic. On Day 25, we went out to a Japanese restaurant. I cried at seeing the single use disposable chopsticks, so I pulled out a reusable metal fork that I had been carrying around (borrowed from my accommodation). But then I left it behind at the restaurant. Hmm. At least it will get reused.

Don’t worry, I’m nearly done.

On Day 28, I took a flight from Melbourne.

This time I had tea without milk (although It didn’t taste the same), and my snack was a gozleme served in a little cardboard box. OK so the cardboard box ended up greasy… and could’ve been composted.

Baggage Tag:
Baggage Tag

I can take a flight without checked baggage, true. But I had a bag with badminton racquets, and didn’t want to risk them being confiscated.

Then I had to cook dinner once I got home.

Cabbage:
Cabbage wrapper

Organic cabbage. Wrapped in plastic. Yes, it was on special. Yes, I could shop elsewhere; like at an organics specific store where there is no need to separate the conventionally grown veg from the organically grown veg. But the closest choices I have are either at Homebush West (hard to get to on public transport), or at Richmond (a long way away). Oh the price of convenience.

Cheese:

Cheese

We go through cheese like its going out of style. Again, I could buy it at a deli counter and have it placed into my resuable container. Although I can’t remember if I have seen King Island cheese behind the deli counter. Alternatievely, I could buy an entire 25kg wheel, wrapped entirely in wax. Sigh. Maybe next time.

Meat Packaging:
T-bone steak

Purchased outside of July, consumed during the month of July. Kept in the freezer in the meantime.

Parsley:

Parsley

Purchased at the supermarket. I think I purchased this specifically to make a dish … maybe goulash, but then didn’t. So the parsley looks a little worse for wear. A few years ago, I had so much parsley growing in my garden. It didn’t self seed as well last year, so my 2019 parsley consumption is down. If I have found some parsley plants popping up in the lawn, or inbetween some pavers, I have carefully transplanted it back to a growing bed

Five pieces of plastic today.

Plastic Count: 60

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

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