To minimize my waste production while traveling I packed a water bottle, lunchbox/takeout container, produce bags and handkerchief everyday before setting out to sightsee. If I hadn’t packed these items I still could have used the restaurant’s compostable flatwear, boxes, bags and napkins. I would just rather uses a washable, reusable set whenever possible because it does take energy to produce and compost the biodegradable items.
I also downloaded my boarding pass to my phone in order to avoid the paper version. This little step simplified my life so I didn’t have to rummage through my bag to find my pass. I know this is super simple but I like having one less thing to keep track of.
I did however make a little bit of trash while taking in the sights of the new town. Here is what will be entering my trash jar…
A bundle of carrots were calling my name at the Farmer’s Market. I probably should have offered the twisty tie back to the owner of the booth. I bet they could have reused it.
To get to and from the airport I had to purchase a ticket for the Light Rail. The only options available were a One Way or a One Day Pass. For this reason, I don’t understand why the ticket had to be on shiny plastic coated paper. Even if you bought the One Day Pass you could not have accidentally wash it. If they were made from paper, I could have composted the ticket. The transfer tickets on the city bus however are compostable, so I deposited several into the bin to be transformed into soil for the garden.
*I incorporated the Light Rail tickets into gift bows yesterday so these will not be in my trash jar! Eventually they will end up in a landfill, but I will prolong their life for awhile.
During the Solstice Celebrations, my cousin took me to a local, very popular brewery in the neighborhood. It was very tasty and entertaining. I was however a little bummed that they required us wear wrist bands. Their cups were compostable however there wristbands are not. I decided to send it back to the brewery with a polite little note, suggesting an alternative of a hand stamp. Buying a few stamps versus routinely buying wristbands will more than likely save them money. And it’s Seattle, they might adapt their ways simply to lower their trash production and lighten their impact. It’s worth a try.
*This band will not be in my trash jar but eventually it will make it to a landfill.
I used a lot of calamine lotion which is in a recyclable/downcyclable bottle. I also used cotton swabs to apply it. These are probably safe to compost in a city facility. The box of poison ivy treatment is not compostable or recyclable however I think I know how I will reuse it and prolong its life and function.
I also had to use a lot of benedril to survive the allergic reaction the the steroid I was given. That was not fun.at.all. I’ll eventually downcycle the bottle.
That is it.
It was crazy easy to live trash free this week. I hope this community can influence change in other cities and states.