Taking the Challenge!

Several weeks ago, I wrote this post about plastic and how we can (and must) reduce the plastic waste we generate.  In that post, I provided a link to some useful information on Beth Terry’s blog Fake Plastic Fish.

Today I committed to doing Beth’s “Show Your Plastic Challenge,” where I will collect, photograph, and catalog all the plastic trash (including recyclables) that I produce in one week.  This particular week I’ve chosen has a few twists that will keep things interesting and challenging.

The idea for the first week is to “live normally” in terms of your plastic waste and use that week as a guide for how you might begin to reduce.  Anyone else out there want to join me?


  1. Rebecca says:

    What a great idea! I might do it with you – when are you starting?

    I’ve also been thinking about doing something related to electricity. I wanted to do a little “experiment” to see if making a few small changes might reduce my power bill (in particular, unplugging everything unless it’s being used). Maybe we can do that next.

    1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      My week of plastic collecting started yesterday (Oct. 18th), so it will end on Oct. 24th. Even though I’m expecting my overall plastic waste tally for the week to be low, I’m noticing how plastic surrounds me — lots of things that will eventually be plastic waste even if they don’t bite the dust this week.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Maybe I’ll do an abbreviated version and start tomorrow. My kids will enjoy it. I’ll post a pic and link back to your site. Great idea.

    I just replied to a comment you made on my site about Lentil Pot Pie.

  3. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

    I just filled out the “Show Your Plastic” form for week #1. I’ll post here about my experiences, made more difficult by the fact that I was traveling for part of the week, in the next few days.

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