I’m preparing to spend one week without buying or throwing away anything plastic. This experiment was inspired by the movie “Tapped,” which artfully shows the terrible environmental damages, health risks and social conflicts caused by the mass manufacture and waste of plastics.
The first step is to list all of the necessities I typically use in a week, and to figure out how to obtain each of these without plastic wrappers, bags or bottles. Here’s a first stab at the list:
Starting from the top:
#1: Bottled water
The bottled water problem solved itself! As I was sitting watching the movie “Tapped,” I got thirsty. I figured it would be pretty tasteless to buy a plastic bottle of water while watching a movie about the damage caused by plastic bottles of water. Fortunately, the producer and director of the film were right outside the theater, armed with dozens of stainless steel water bottles (“Klean Kanteen“) for $10 each. Now I’m armed my trendy steel water bottle, which fits as nicely in my bike rack as it does in my car’s cupholder. On top of that, given that I was typically buying one $1.50 bottle of water a day, I’ve saved roughly $547.50 for the year already. Wow…
Off to a good start! Unfortunately, the next item, “Yogurt,” looks a lot more daunting…
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