Tuesday, 7 January 2014

6 months in and going strong

I'm now starting my seventh month of non-plastic purchasing. Here's is a pretty unarguable testimony for avoiding buying plastic. This is the amount of land-fill I have produced since I stopped buying it. Not quite waste free, but very darn close! I'm working on finding ways to recycle some of it, so watch this space.
This is stuff I've either had to buy or have had given to me.
The pile of paper is receipts - yes, thermal print receipts have
plastic in them.


  1. I like the idea of this but having gone back through your posts I notice you only vaguely reference cost a couple of times, both while talking about the prices of specific products, and you've also mentioned getting some free samples due to publicity of what you're doing. Given we're in the middle of a recession and inequality is rising rapidly, I'd have thought talking about the cost of something like this would be a pretty high priority. I know I sure as hell can't afford organic vege orders every week, I can barely afford fresh produce which is about the only food that doesn't come wrapped in plastic at the supermarket (but does have plastic bags to put things in), and because I'm in insecure rental housing I can't have a garden let alone a beehive. I feel like it would be more effective if you considered that sort of thing as I'm not exactly the only low income person who sees a lot of people doing this sort of campaign stunt, never mentioning cost barriers, and just gets cynical rather than inspired.

  2. Hi Chris, thanks for your perspective. My year is definitely not campaign or a stunt for personal gain.

    There are definitely cheap ways of shopping (Bin Inn is very cost effective as is the fruit and vege section of the supermarket) and I certainly wouldn't expect that most people could afford to buy organic; quite often I can't either.
    In terms of listing the cost of items, that would be an impossible task as prices vary with inflation and from shop to shop. I guess if you're really committed to limiting your plastic, it's up to you to do the research and groundwork to work out what would be best for you and your budget. Being plastic free is incredibly difficult, but the best thing is that even a small change can make a big difference. So even if you're limited by budget, whatever you manage to avoid is a success for the environment.
    In terms of my agenda: the best thing that I can accomplish is to create awareness. The next best thing is to help people on their own journey towards limiting their plastic consumption, so I hope there is at least one thing you can take away from the blog that is useful.

  3. Hi Chris, there are lots of things that are cheaper when you go plastic-free. For example using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning; not buying processed food; buying one good product instead of many disposable ones (e.g. One Moon Cup versus years and years of disposable sanitary products, or one reusable razor instead of disposable razors).

    Good luck and just do your best.
    The Rubbish Whisperer