The Plastics Challenge

by Josée

The dining room table at my parents’ house is the catalyst for hearty discussions, spontaneous opinion giving and the occasional contest. As a family we are not shy about sharing our thoughts and opinions. It might begin with a simple comment about the extreme sourness of the homemade pickles (which I made) that leads to the rebellious act of eating store-bought pickles that starts the discussion about consumer waste and the overuse of plastics. Somehow a contest of who can use the least amount of plastics over the course of one week is the result of this pickled plastics debate.

So here I am, with a three week old newborn, a toddler that poops in his room, trying to think of all the ways that I can reduce plastic waste throughout this week. Here’s a rough list of items I have to stop using (or at least reduce):

  • Disposable diapers – newborn & toddler 
  • Disposable pads
  • Plastic food packaging and wraps
  • Plastic bags

Basically, my dad and I are going to do a bag count of the plastics and other non recyclable garbage we discard over the week. Whoever fills the least bags wins the contest!

I’ll keep you updated.

1 comment

Laurie April 13, 2010 - 1:16 am

We got all prepared tonight. MPied the garbage can for a fresh start. I am the keep of the garbage can, there is no escape, resistance is futile!


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