This is an update to my last post (I’m Gonna Try ‘Plastic Free July’) you can read it here.
Not off to a strong start…
Below is a summary of the days were I failed (and, like, two times passed) at Plastic Free July and how:
July 1st: I was sitting in a park with my partner and we both wanted some coffee…
We thought that the café nearby was doing outdoor dining and we could use their mugs. Unfortunately, it was doing take-out only. Knowing this, we still both got an ice coffee and a popsicle.
So in the quest for caffeine, we created two take-out coffee cups and two popsicle plastic bags worth of waste. Also this was place was friggin expensive. We probably should have planned a bit better and brought coffee on the road with us before hanging out.
July 2: Went for a walk after dinner around my neighborhood and stopped by the grocery store. Got toilet paper because we ran out. As well, a pint of strawberries since they are on hella sale. Both items were wrapped in plastic.
July 6: Doing a bit better, I haven’t brought new plastic. I’ve mostly been eating in. I even stopped myself from just getting take-out because I was out of the house running errands.
I’ve used plastic products tho. I’ve finished two dips that were in plastic packaging, which I washed and recycled.
As well, I did have to throw out a bread bag since that isn’t accepted in our recycling system.
July 8: Upside: Got my coffee in my reusable mug. Downside: Second Cup has not fully brought back their Lug-a-Mug program. So my barista had to pour my coffee into a paper cup and pour it into my travel mug.
So the waste was generated even if I didn’t have to throw it out.
After my barista finished pouring my coffee, he showed pictures of the steak with basil chimichurri sauce he made the night before. It looked nice (unfortunately I couldn’t include the pic here).
Later than day, I ordered a donut and pizza for takeout. Both packaged in cardboard. Although the pizza box is too oily to be recycled. Not plastic, but I did break my own rules of not ordering out cause I’m weak willed and hungry.
July 9: I got a coffee from Timmies on my way back from a site for work. I took the drive-through so I couldn’t ask if they would fill my mug.
I will fully admit this plastic waste could have been avoided if I was less lazy and waited till I got home for coffee.
July 10: Went to a small grocer near my house. I brought my own plastic bags from previous trips and used them again. The cashier didn’t noticed.
July 13: Broke down and:
- got an iced coffee.
- used plastic bags since I forgot to bring down all my reusable ones from my apartment into my car before I left for the store.
- bought mushrooms wrapped in plastic since they were on sale, instead of the loose option.
Overall not a good day…
July 14: Got two To-Go containers of Timmies coffee for the client and construction crew I was working with. And I helped myself to a coffee that was in a paper cup, since I forgot my own travel mug.
July 15: Honestly the photo captures how the month is going. But, like, in a bad way…
Also it seems that Tim Hortons’ now gives paper straws with orders. This is a very small and somewhat performative step from one of Canada’s larger sources of litter.
So that’s where I am at the halfway mark of Plastic Free July. It turned out to be harder than expected. Mostly due to my own lack of planning. I want to say that it gets better in the second half of the month. But that would be a lie.
Are you doing Plastic Free July? Or do you know of ways that I can stop forgetting my travel mug every time I leave the house? Love to hear about it in the comments below.