Plastic Trash Challenge

Welcome back to Every Week is Green after a unexpectedly long break! I’ve still been trying to keep up with my green changes despite being off the blogosphere for a while, and I’ve decided to set myself a new challenge for February.

One of my favourite books to read about going green is Beth Terry’s My Plastic Free Life. She gives fantastic depth on what plastic is made from, what all the different types of plastic are, how/if they can be recycled, and why it’s important to start cutting them out of your life. There are also numerous tips about reducing it in different areas (food, cleaning, personal hygiene etc), so it’s a great read if you’re looking for something new and green to try, or if you just need a little motivation.

One of her first challenges is called Plastic Free Challenge. The aim is to collect all of your plastic rubbish for a week (or more) – instead of throwing it away – because this gives you a much clearer picture of how much waste you’re generating. Beth has a blog page about it which you can find here.

I’m keen to know about all the things I’m throwing away, so my aim is to keep all my trash for at least one week, but preferably the whole of February. This will be plastic, cardboard, paper, and anything else that would normally go in the bin or be recycled. This won’t include things like food waste, which it obviously isn’t practical to keep lying around. As Beth says, I’m including anything that I have used, but nothing that my boyfriend is throwing away that I haven’t used – e.g. I’ll include packaging from foods we have both eaten, and that I have eaten by myself, but nothing from foods he has eaten by himself.

I’ll post a photo of my trash at the end of the month – it’ll be interesting to hear what you think! Have you tried doing a similar challenge? Or maybe it’s something you’d like to attempt?