Here we are the end of the second week of my trash challenge! I’ve been feeling very self-conscious about all the rubbish I’ve generated this week, and have had it on my mind a lot, so this challenge is definitely heightening my awareness, which is great. Here’s my rubbish from this week:
Again, if you’re interested, here’s a list of it all:
- 1 milk bottle
- 2 large jars, 1 small jar and 1 small tin
- 1 cardboard box for cocoa powder
- 1 large butter tub and 1 large yoghurt pot
- 4 sweet wrappers and 1 chocolates bag
- 1 pie tray
- 1 bread bag, 1 bagel bag and 1 garlic bread bag
- other food packaging: 1 sausage roll bag, 1 fish finger box, 2 meat packets, 2 cheese packets, 1 broccoli and cauliflower bag
- 1 fortune cookie wrapper and fortune
- 1 tea bag packet
- 1 apple sticker
- 1 cardboard toilet roll
- 1 contact lens packet and 1 contact lens cardboard box
- packaging from a bunch of flowers
- clothing price tags (I forgot to add these last week)
- assorted papers, including a pile of junk mail, 1 letter, receipts, 1 envelope, scrap papers reused and 3 print-outs
- address paper and packaging from a magazine (apparently the packaging should be biodegradable)
- plasters and packaging
- 2 medication boxes
- 2 boxes and 1 padded envelope
- box and packaging from kitchenware
- 2 cardboard kitchenware labels
It’s easy to see that it’s tricky to completely turn things around in one week. But I’ve tried to make some small changes. For example, the only packaging we picked up whilst shopping in the greengrocer’s this week was the plastic bag the grapes came in. I also switched to yoghurt in a larger pot – it’s Yeovalley, which is organic and made in the UK, so I’m happy to stick with this for now. I’ve been putting a portion in a small tupperware to take to work each day.
I tried to make tortillas instead of buying them, a recipe that I think will need some practise! And I baked shortbread and a cake instead of eating shop-bought desserts.
This week I’ll try to keep baking instead of buying desserts, and I’m going to investigate how to reduce junk mail through the Mail Preference Service. This won’t stop me from getting junk mail entirely but it could help to reduce that which is directly addressed to me.
It’s a slow journey but I’m quite enjoying this challenge and trying out new ways of reducing my waste. Again, I’d love to hear any tips or links to others’ posts about similar challenges!