So here we are at the beginning of March, which means my trash challenge is done! It’s been four weeks of collecting all the rubbish I’ve generated (excluding items such as food waste), and it’s given me even more ideas for reducing my impact on the environment. Here’s week four’s photo:
- 2 milk bottles
- 1 large yoghurt tub
- 1 glass soy sauce bottle
- 1 bread bag
- 1 small butter tub
- 2 sausage roll wrappers
- pizza packaging
- 1 spring rolls box and plastic tray
- plastic wrap and plastic tray from a whole chicken
- 1 cod fillets box
- 1 mine packet
- 1 plastic grapes tray
- 1 takeaway container
- 1 crackers box and inner bag
- 1 garlic bread bag
- 3 chocolate wrappers (2 used for baking, 1 given as a gift)
- 4 paper cases from a biscuit tin
- 1 individually-wrapped mini roll
- 2 old gift cards
- assorted recipes and small pieces of scrap paper
- prescription bag
- magazine wrap and paper advert
- junk mail (which came before I put a note on our letter box)
- 3 cardboard toilet rolls
- 3 contact lens cases
- 1 Amazon box, paper padding and note (from a gift)
- 1 instructions list
- 1 sticker
- 1 plaster and packaging
- 1 cardboard label
There’s definitely still a lot I want to do, but this challenge has been great at making me more away about what I throw ‘away’ every week. If you’re stuck in an eco-rut or just fancy a challenge then give it a go!
This week I put a ‘no junk mail’ sign on our letter box, bought a sandwich from a sandwich van and had it put straight into a container not a paper bag (I was very proud of this!), tried to buy more things in bulk (such as meat and baking ingredients). I’ve kept baking too, which has definitely saved on a lot of plastic waste.
Supermarket shopping is a little scary for me at the moment, because I’m so conscious of all the packaging surrounding me. But it’s great to be aware of it, and I know that I’ve definitely reduced waste from fruit and veg shopping, so that’s a big plus. Here are my four photos from the challenge:
I don’t feel like I can see much of a difference from my photos, but as I said before, it hasn’t been very long yet. My blog is all about changing your impact on the environment and I know that if I keep making small changes then the amount of rubbish I produce will reduce. One of my main aims is still to cut down on food packaging, particularly that from meat and fish.
I hope you’ve found this challenge interesting – I really think it’s something everyone should try, even if it’s just for a week! If you don’t fancy collecting it, then you could try making a list of everything you throw away, and taking a look at it at the end of the week. Maybe you can spot some habits that you can change?
As always, I would love to hear from you 🙂 Thanks for reading!