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!