My “One Bag per Month” Challenge for 2017 (Going Plastic Free…)

Now that you have read all about my past year and how my “no empty calories challenge” for 2016 went by, it is time to share my 2017 challenge!

So far in my life, I mainly made challenges that were food related – do not eat that or this for a certain perios of time. I never had any sports related challenges and not whatever other challenges one could come up with. However, this year I do! I have a challenge for the coming 12 months which is all about my WASTE behaviour! Yes. Waste.

Plastic has been quite a topic on my blog lately and I am still very far from where I would like to be. This is why my husband and I decided to make a plastic related challenge for 2017. We called it our “one bag per month challenge” because what we are going to try is to produce NO MORE THAN ONE BAG (20l) PLASTIC PER MONTH.

One bag (20 l) of plastic waste per month may sound like soooo much to some of you and it may sound like sooooo little to others. For us this is what we believe is possible to do with all the things we still have in our cupboards. We still have loads of plastic packed rice, crackers, tissues in plastic, spices in plastic boxes and so on. We also still have tea lights which come with metal below the wick and since metal goes in the same bin as plastic, it does count as the same waste for us.

So there is still quite a lot of metal and plastic waste in our home right now and since we want to be realistic, we thought that one bag (20 l) per month is just what we could be able to manage if we do use up all the plastic packed goods we have in the house right now and do not buy anything new. Or maybe just a very few things.

I like to be honest, so I know that there will be days where we will NEED pasta and there will be no pasta in the house and we will go to the grocery around the corner and will buy a pack. I know this will happen and I am okay with it. Like with my no empty calories challenge where I had one piece of cake in the last 12 month, I am okay with maybe buying one or two packs of pasta in the coming 12 months.

 

HOWEVER, we will of course try our best to avoid that and we will try to always be prepared, buy noodles en masse at the bulk store and try our best to find everything else we love wrapped without plastic (any ideas where I can find zero waste carob powder????).

We call the challenge the “one per month challenge” but it will rather be a “12 per year challenge” because we will use more plastic in the beginning of the year and less towards the end. We simply do have a lot of plastic wrapped products in our kitchen right now and we will try to finish them as fast as possible.

So right now, on January 8, the first bag is already almost full! A plastic clothhanger of mine broke and it is in there, some emptied packed rice, some packed tofu, some packed crackers, a plastic box of cumin that I finished yesterday… just so many things we have around in the house!

I am very much looking forward to everything I will learn in the coming 12 months about going zero waste and about everything we will change in our household. And of course I will bring you along and share our progress with you guys.

Do you have any challenges for 2017 going on? I would love to now!

 

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  1. Januar 8, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    What a thoughtful challenge! I too would like to use less plastic, but it’s difficult when so many food items are sold in plastic containers. I am looking forward to reading about your experience!

  2. Kirei Kana
    Januar 9, 2017 / 12:18 am

    good luck with your changes) I’m interested to read more about meals)

    KireiKana

  3. Amy Arnold
    Januar 9, 2017 / 4:23 am

    Wow, this is an ambitious and neat challenge. Good for you all!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Januar 9, 2017 / 5:03 am

    What a wonderful practice to challenge yourself with! I look forward to hearing how it goes. I hope your year is off to a wonderful start!

  5. Januar 9, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Es ist ja zum Teil wirklich unmöglich wie alles verpackt ist. Manchmal kann ich da nur mit dem Kopf schütteln und bei gewissen Dingen ist es fast unmöglich dem Plastik zu umgehen…

  6. Januar 9, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    I love this healthy environment challenge! I wasn’t so hard on my goals for this ear!

  7. Januar 9, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Wow, you are just amazing with all of those challenges that seem to be impossible, thats really inspiring☺ About me, Im going to continue my healthy lifestyle and be more and more systematic with my workout routine, we bought a stepper machine and we really like it☺ Im also going to work more on my spirituality, cos I think we should balance and work on every level of our humanity,like spiritual,intelectual and physical☺ have a lovely week,hugs☺☺

  8. Januar 9, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Das ist echt eine tolle Challenge und ich bin überzeugt davon, Du wirst auch das hinbekommen! Ich habe Dir ja schon mal geschrieben, dass ich in den 90er Jahren soweit es ging, mit meinen eigenen Behältern eingekauft habe, von dem her weiß ich, dass so eine Challenge durchaus gut funktionieren kann!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  9. Januar 10, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Thats such a great initiative babe. I wish we could cut down drastically but when we get delivered things at home there is a plastic bag and no matter so many times we tell these people its difficult to educate the masses and labour class.I saw ur comment about working factory conditions of people there, and its so terrible. We have young kids working as labours and things are getting hazardous. We often try to reuse a lot of things and we have a lot of poor people on road, so donations are well utilized. India has mass production of these garments and its horrendous the amount of wastage is done. Am glad u asked me this question. We need to have more people like you and maybe create more awareness in school. In India we have to ban everything , so my question is why come to that level. My husband says ” That the Earth is not a gift to us from our ancestors but a loan we have from our kids” so its such a shame we are abusing it.
    Sorry for a long rant. Love to you all and How is our Nela doing ?
    <3
    ✿thefashionflite

  10. Januar 10, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I love this goal, lady- and can’t wait to hear the tips and tricks you and your family discover about going plastic-free along the way!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. Januar 10, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    We have tried to cut back on plastic in my home, too. Mainly because of the health risks they have, particularly when mixed with our foods. It’s so hard to find certain foods and such not wrapped in plastic, but we’re trying to be mindful where we can! Thanks for sharing your challenge with us, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com