To get an idea of how much plastic I'm sending to the landfill these days, I decided to collect a week's worth of plastic waste, with the week starting last Monday and ending yesterday. Below are the results, a la Beth from Fake Plastic Fish, minus the weight measurements since I don't have a scale.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Bag from brown sugar: This was purchased before I started trying to reduce my plastic consumption
2. Two safety seals from Breyer's ice cream: I had people over for a potluck on Sunday night because it was my birthday, but I ended up running short on time when I was getting everything ready. To make up for it, I purchased ice cream to serve as a dessert, but I had to buy Breyer's since my boyfriend is lactose intolerant. Hence the plastic seals.
3. Ribbon: This was part of the gift wrap from my otherwise plastic-free birthday gift from my boyfriend.
4. Kleenex box plastic: This came from the box I used to have at work (I need to get a handkerchief!)
5. Packaging for disposable contact lenses: This is a type of plastic waste that I'm not ready to give up.
6. Safety seal from organic peanut butter jar: Not much to say here, but that I hate plastic seals.
7. Tag from asparagus: I didn't realize this was plastic when I was purchasing the aspargus for my birthday dinner. Darn.
8. Plastic tab: I found this under my couch while I was cleaning for the dinner party.
9. Two bags from microwave popcorn: My co-workers were going to throw the bags away because they were expired. I intercepted them and ate them as snacks instead of letting them go into the trash.
Not pictured: Two cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon (aluminum cans are lined with plastic). I drank these in a moment of weakness (read: pre-birthday drunkeness) at a bar on Saturday night.
I'm pretty happy with how I did, although I obviously had a few weak moments. I could have, for example, planned a different dessert for the dinner party or opted not to have the cans of beer at the bar.
Lessons learned: Plan better for dinner parties, examine tags on vegetables, and don't drink too much.