Plastic Waste Challenge

I love the choice of charity for this challenge. I’ve already done a lot to reduce our plastic waste - my biggest challenge is my husband who keeps buying water in plastic bottles despite my efforts to train him! It was easier to get my cat involved. She no longer gets her food in plastic pouches, but seems happy with the tinned equivalent. I’ve not found shampoo in non-plastic form yet but will look harder - although I do still worry about palm oil content. Our local Waitrose is trialling letting people bring their own containers so I will support that as well as another couple of local shops that have a re-fill scheme.

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I’m going to a staff party in October and have just bought a lovely dress from the Oxfam online store, hope it fits. On a frustrating note, my partner and I got an exercise bike from Lidl last weekend and opened the box today. Every last item was wrapped in plastic!

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Just a reminder for those undertaking the poll.

@Alandawson66: You need to fill in poll one and poll three to fulfil the challenge criteria and say how you’re going to complete the challenge.

@Kerena_Fussell & @Kathryn_Frimond : You still need to say something about how you’re going to fulfil the challenge

Thanks for taking part! Good luck with your next stage - getting someone else involved.

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I actually didn’t realised I’d signed up to do this! I think it’s a great idea, but wasn’t sure I had time to commit to all the bits. Generally, I think I’m doing fairly well at the moment. We’re lucky to have a local grocery where I’ve been able to finally ditch the one thing that was bothering me, which was buying bags of pasta and rice. They also do shampoo, soap etc - so that’s really helpful (solid shampoos are great, but the conditioners need work still!). My biggest frustration is still online shopping. Even companies that are ethical in most other ways, send clothes in plastic bags. I’m going to keep trying to reduce the plastic in my grocery shopping!

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Nice one Kerena. I think this might have been a slip.

Thanks for getting involved anyway!

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It was actually @Keerangrey - be great if you could say something about how you are going to complete the pledges…

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Some input here from @Struth about how she’s reduced her plastic waste:

So, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of plastic used in our home and I’m experiencing a few challenges that I’m sure anyone trying to do this will face. In the bathrooms I’ve switched out shampoos, shower gels and liquid hand soaps for bar soaps and shampoos - not too difficult. I’m waiting for my cleaning sprays to be empty so I can try some of the home made solutions to re-use the plastic spray bottles. I’ve even managed to create a hanging bar soap holder for the showers, out of the old shower gel bottles.:grinning: I’m actually struggling most with food items. It’s really difficult to get a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging and when you do, it costs a lot more per item. Even the local farm shop and the market now has most items in plastic cartons. I’m planning to grow more of my own fruit and vegetables next year, but at the moment it’s really frustrating. Maybe this is a UK thing. There have been some fairly high profile campaigns asking the supermarkets to make changes, but it’s slow going!

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We are now ten fully signed up for the challenge! Good work to you all and good luck!

Remember @ig_im_vicole @Megan_Douglas @Speakeasy @alexjenkins1231 @MarkT43 who have just joined the challenge - you need to write a short post in response to this topic about what you think it going to be difficult about this challenge. I notice quite a few of you are 13-18 which means you don’t get much say at what happens at home… Perhaps let us know if you think that will make it more difficult.

Do remember to like each others posts to keep momentum up! :fist:

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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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