[Challenge] Plastic Waste

So, I’m frustrated today as I went to Marks and Spencer with my 7 month year old to get a few things we needed. I had little time to shop around and I wanted to walk into town.

I got done on how much plastic packaging I used. As a result I’ve:

  1. Written to Marks and Spencer via twitter and have had a response
  2. Will go into the shop tomorrow and drop off the plastic for them to dispose of it.

Also - at the weekend, whilst in Northern Ireland, I went to the families favourite ice cream shop and also was done with plastic spoons and a straw. I didn’t want to be a downer for everyone who had come out so I wrote to Mauds. (still haven’t had a response):

Hi Mauds,

I’ve just come with my family to have an ice cream and milk shake in your shop at Newcastle. I was pretty appalled to find plastic straws, cups and spoons in the shop. Do you realise the weight of plastic in the sea by 2050 will be the equivalent to all marine life?

It would be great to see a place next to the sea pioneering change. If you need any help there’s loads of people who can support at www.bettercentury.org. If you have problems with finding substitutes etc we can help… for free…

Good luck in helping make this a century to be proud of.

Best,

Tom

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Nice one! Anyone else got frustrations to share?

Like others I have switched to shampoo bars and real soap bars for the shower. Hardest task is persuading the rest of the family to change. Food shopping which I have limited control over is very plastic based from the supermarkets. We really need them to change to make a huge difference for all.

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Well, here Is my rubbish and recycling for the last fortnight. Rubbish/landfill waste in black bag. Next time I shall weigh it all, but this is what I’m starting off at, so aim to reduce it

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Has anyone got frustrations to share this week?

Also - how is everyone getting along with recruiting another member to take on the challenge?

Let’s keep on encouraging one another! :heart_eyes:

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News such as these of the real damage plastic is causing will hopefully impact, mold and change public opinion.

https://community.bettercentury.org/t/dead-baby-sea-turtle-in-south-florida-with-104-pieces-of-plastic-in-its-body/1317

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I’m so anxious about my plastic consumption. I’ve already started using reusable bags for shopping and buying fruits and veggies. I use a reusable bottle and cup for drinks out and about and I have a sodastream so I never have to buy bottles of sparkling water (which I drink a lot). I use plastic free toiletries (shampoo, body wash, face wash etc).

My next goal is to spread the word so that others know what they can do to reduce their plastic consumption. Even more importantly, I will lobby organisations to reduce their plastic usage. My biggest frustration is that such a large percentage of items at the grocery store is wrapped in plastic and there’s just no way around it. So at least I can ask them to change it.

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@Tom @Kathryn_Frimond @Heatherdlc @ValS @Keerangrey @Kerena_Fussell @ig_im_vicole @Speakeasy @alexjenkins1231 @MarkT43 @Alex_Beckett @Hilary_Joy @Jaimie_McMichael @Gazh @shirla @SandyAss @NJS @TimG @Juliet @beloperone. How are you doing on the challenge?! :wink:

Would be great to hear how you’re doing against your commitments. A quick reminder of what you picked and mixed from:

  • Not buy water or fizzy drinks in single use plastic bottles
  • Use a re-usable hot drink cup or refuse plastic lids on disposables ones provided
  • Not use disposable plastic straws or cutlery
  • Buy non packaged fruit and veg from supermarkets (or leave the packaging at the till) or get a veg box delivered
  • Avoid single use plastic bags by carrying my own re-usable one
  • Get plastic free soap through bars or other alternatives
  • Get plastic free shampoo and conditioners bars or alternatives
  • Refill household detergents through refill schemes
  • Capture microfibres from synthetic clothing products in my washing machine
  • Avoid purchase of non recycled synthetic clothing and shoe products
  • Where possible ensure clothing I am disposing of is re-used
  • When my family purchases tyres for the car I will push for longer lasting tyres to be bought (over 50,000 miles)

It would be great if you could let everyone know on your progress to keep them motivated.

Also - has anyone managed to recruit another member to Better Century to do this challenge yet?

You’re all legends!!! Hope it’s going well… :innocent:

Loving the fact that getting as much washing into the machine as possible can help reduce microfibres. Jamie’s been nagging at me not to overfill it for years!

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Comments below

  • Not buy water or fizzy drinks in single use plastic bottles

Yes - using Sodastream

  • Use a re-usable hot drink cup or refuse plastic lids on disposables ones provided

Yes

  • Not use disposable plastic straws or cutlery

Yes - used own Tupperware and own fork for recently bought kebabs

  • Buy non packaged fruit and veg from supermarkets (or leave the packaging at the till) or get a veg box delivered

Yes - Riverford

  • Avoid single use plastic bags by carrying my own re-usable one

Yes - use bags for life or my rucksack

  • Get plastic free soap through bars or other alternatives

Yes - Faith in Nature soap bought at Healthright in Chesham and Toucan Wholefoods in Minehead

  • Get plastic free shampoo and conditioners bars or alternatives

Yes - refilling existing bottles at the Refill project (at Chesham market on Saturdays) or at Healthright

  • Refill household detergents through refill schemes

Yes - as above

  • Capture microfibres from synthetic clothing products in my washing machine

Not yet - but I don’t own many synthetic fabric clothing items

  • Avoid purchase of non recycled synthetic clothing and shoe products

Yes - Vivabarefoot was my last shoe product purchase

  • Where possible ensure clothing I am disposing of is re-used

Yes - at recycling points in Chesham and via EBay

  • When my family purchases tyres for the car I will push for longer lasting tyres to be bought (over 50,000 miles)

Yes - better tyres purchased

Also - has anyone managed to recruit another member to Better Century to do this challenge yet?

Yes - Lesley Giles

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  • Not buy water or fizzy drinks in single use plastic bottles CHECK
  • Use a re-usable hot drink cup or refuse plastic lids on disposables ones provided CHECK
  • Not use disposable plastic straws or cutlery CHECK
  • Buy non packaged fruit and veg from supermarkets (or leave the packaging at the till) or get a veg box delivered CHECK
  • Avoid single use plastic bags by carrying my own re-usable one CHECK
  • Get plastic free soap through bars or other alternatives NOT BUYING YET
  • Get plastic free shampoo and conditioners bars or alternatives NOT BUYING YET
  • Refill household detergents through refill schemes CHECK
  • Capture microfibres from synthetic clothing products in my washing machine HOW CAN I DO THIS?
  • Avoid purchase of non recycled synthetic clothing and shoe products HAVEN’T PURCHASED ANY CLOTHES
  • Where possible ensure clothing I am disposing of is re-used I’VE DONATED AND GIFTED MANY BABY CLOTHES
  • When my family purchases tyres for the car I will push for longer lasting tyres to be bought (over 50,000 miles) HAVE NOT CHANGED TIRES YET
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Hi All,

I just found this company that offers fully recyclable heads for mechanical toothbrushes: https://www.livecoco.com/collections/featured-products/products/oral-b-compatible-electric-toothbrush-replacement-heads-triple-pack …you send back the old ones to be recycled to North Shields (as far as I can make out!).

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Good news for all of us trying to cut down on plastic but worried about our teeth with some of the eco alternatives to dentist recommended toothpaste! (It’s also vegan). Waitrose have it on offer until next week… Smile for Good

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I’ve had these on my radar for a while, but seems to be taking me ages to work through the ones I already had!!

Still not totally sure if I’m supposed to be doing this challenge or not, but I’m doing it anyway…

Had an absolutely brilliant result this week on a couple of my major plastic issues… Crisps & energy bars. I knew of the existence of Yes bars (they are running TV ads) but hadn’t been able to figure out where to buy them. Have now got that sorted. Also, I discovered the rather brilliant Two Farmers crisps! Their packaging on their standard and sharing sized crisps is compostable (26 weeks at home) or you can buy their enormous catering tins! Bit more expensive - as seems to be the case across the board at the moment - but just got our first delivery and they are very tasty!

Two of our other big issues are a well known brand of malt loaf and pitta breads - both of which we buy for packed lunches. Have sourced and tried a really good malt loaf recipe. Can’t guarantee we’ll make it every week, but we’re going to give it ago. Also discovered how easy it is to make flatbreads - so will be making batches of those to freeze as an alternative to pitta breads!

Forgot to include when I posted originally… we’ve also invested in a food dehydrator. This is partly to avoid waste - drying extra kiwi fruits from our Oddbox - but also to cut out plastic packaging on dog treats we’re going to try and make our own…

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I’d be really interested in that malt loaf recipe!

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Kate - not sure if this will work. The recipe was in Simple Things magazine (which I recommend!) & is from MelIssa Cole’s book.

Kerena,

We’re totally still meant to be doing this challenge!

I need to update you all with my antics soon.

Thanks for the reminder :upside_down_face:

Mini update on this challenge. My recycling boxes are now going out every 3 weeks rather than every two weeks and are no longer full. My black sack rubbish is down to half full each fortnight. Also food waste is down to one bag per week from two. Getting there slowly.

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