Plastic is in almost everything, from smartphone to coffee cups. We create too much of it and because of it's inability to break down in the environment easily, its by products become toxic. With ineffective ways that plastic is being recycled, there needs to be a change. Can you imagine a life that is free of single-use plastics?
This 2 week challenge will help you explore your own plastic consumption and help you identify where you can break up with single-use plastics.
Go about your normal routine and collect ALL the single use plastic that you use (bags, takeout containers, utensils, coffee cups, floss etc.)
End of Week 1:
Separate out your plastic into the different types BASED ON THE TYPE OF PLASTIC. The type of plastic can usually be found on the bottom of the plastic, and will have a number from 1-7 on it in a triangle, as seen below.
Fill out the excel sheet in the “Week 1” tab, in the column “Number of Items” entering how many of each item based on the type of plastic you had.
Substitute out your biggest 3 sources of plastic for a reusable solution (ie. swap out disposable coffee cups for a reusable mug during the week).
Continue to collect and track all your plastic waste from Week 2 as done in Week 1.
End of Week 2:
Same as Week 1. Separate plastic based on the TYPE OF PLASTIC (#1-7). Fill out the excel sheet in the “Week 2” tab in column “Number of Items”, entering how many of each item you had.
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