A Month Without Plastic- Meet the Challengers

Welcome to our first blog post! We will be using this blog to document our 30 day journey as plastic free patrons in a hyper-packaged world.

This year there has been a spotlight on our oceans, in particular the, literally, growing issue of plastic pollution. In honour of World Oceans Day, members of the Ocean Sonics team are taking on a 30 day ‘Month Without Plastic’ challenge.

 

Meet The Challengers

 

Sharon:

I’ve always hated waste of all kinds, so I try to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as I can. I repurpose as much of my waste as I can and what I can’t repurpose, I recycle. I found out recently that much of what goes into our blue bags isn’t recycled as efficiently as it can be, sometimes it’s not recycled at all!

I currently produce on average one blue bag of recyclables each month. I want to see how much of that I can cut out.

I want to be more aware of what I purchase and avoid products with excessive packaging (like triple wrapped cucumbers!)

I think my biggest challenge will be some of the convenience items I use regularly, like bagged salads and individual yogurt pots I pack for my lunch.

 

 

 

 

Jillian:

I want to lessen the impact I have on the environment. By reducing plastic, I can take a small step in reducing my environmental footprint.

I already try to reduce my single use plastics by carrying a reusable coffee mug and recycling everything that I can.

I would like to change my purchasing behaviour to reduce the amount of plastic I am purchasing. I will be using reusable shopping bags and purchasing items that contain less plastic.

I think my biggest challenge will be reducing plastic when I am eating at restaurants and they serve items in plastic or don’t have the option to go plastic free.

 

 

 

 

 

Jay:

​I see the use of disposable plastic as a symptom of unconscious, mindless consumption.  I know it’s supposed to protect me from the world, but I’d rather feel that I am of the world, bugs and all.

I already reduce my waste by almost never take vegetable bags.  I’m going to wash the vegetables anyway.

​​I’d like to see how much control I have over how things are packaged.​

My biggest challenge? ​I might have to give up potato chips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose:

I see the dependence I have personally on plastics. Over the past few years I have come to rely on convenience products like bottled water and take out coffee. I often purchase these products without even thinking about the packaging and plastics.

Already I make an effort to recycle what I can and I make a point of carrying reusable grocery bags and shopping at local vendors and farmers markets.

I want to see how much I consume without realizing.  In particular I want to see how easy or difficult it will be to access plastic-less products.

I think my biggest challenge will be on the go coffee. I have a reuseable mug but I often forget it at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Jake:

I want to reduce my plastic waste because the amount that ends up in our oceans is out of control and it is something that I can help reduce.

I already make some daily efforts to reduce my waste. I use a re-usable coffee mug, I carry my lunch in a lunch bag instead of a plastic bag, I use a reusable K-cup filter and I use reusable grocery bags.

Over this month, I would like to become more aware of the plastics I use on a daily basis and do my best to reduce plastic use and change by purchasing behaviour.
My biggest challenge will be sticking with all the changes I make this next month.

 

 

 

 

 

Desiree:

Plastics harm the environment that we live in and will be passed down to the next generation. Plastics are not compostable and remain in our ecosystem for a very long time. Some of these longterm effects are just coming to light i.e. plastic gyres in the Pacific Ocean, marine mammals dying because their stomach are full of plastics. It is something that is preventable as their are alternatives.Plastics harm the environment that we live in and will be passed down to the next generation. Plastics are not compostable and remain in our ecosystem for a very long time. Some of these longterm effects are just coming to light i.e. plastic gyres in the Pacific Ocean, marine mammals dying because their stomach are full of plastics. It’s something that is preventable as there are alternatives.

I’ve been reducing waste for over 50 years. My mother instilled this ethic in me as a child starting with tin cans and newspaper. I recycle and return for refund, everything I can from plastics, paper, cardboard, tin cans, bottles, electronics, batteries, old used clothing. I take my own bags to the grocery store and other stores too. I do not use single use plastic produce bags at the grocery store when shopping for fruit and vegetables. I shop at farmers markets and bring my own bags.

During this challenge I want to learn about new things that we can recycle through our local recycling facility.

There is a lot of emphasis on individuals reducing plastics but I think industry needs to do its share too. As a business owner, I think my challenge will be to extend the plastic challenge to our vendors and customers and to get other companies to look at their recycling and purchasing habits when it comes to plastics and especially bags.