5A: Plastic Challenge, Saint John, Jacob Moore

Environment   Oct 26, 2018 by Jacob Moore

Doing this activity, I found that plastic products could’ve been avoided by simply eating food that isn’t wrapped in plastic or bringing my own utensils to school. Normally I’d use plastic spoons or forks, but didn’t in this time period. Also, I didn’t collect waste over five days. I filled my mason jar in about one and a half.

The biggest obstacle for this challenge was trying to reduce the amount of plastic I used and making dinner instead of eating something microwaveable or a frozen pizza wrapped in plastic.  

Going plastic free isn’t as hard as I would’ve thought. Eating healthier foods (fruits, vegetables, or nuts) corresponded to eating foods with less plastic wrapping. The more “quick-snack” foods that I ate, (granola bars, Goldfish, fruit cups, frozen dinners), the more plastic waste I had; the healthier I ate, the easier it was to avoid these plastics. Plus, a simple solution to avoid using plastic bags when buying fruit or vegetables at Sobeys, for instance, could be bringing your own paper bag and throwing it into the compost when it’s no longer needed.

An overall solution to single-use plastic is to just bring your own things. Tooth-brushes—order a bamboo one online or find a store around you that offers them. Toothpaste—find a recipe online to avoid the waste from the tube and the contaminating micro-plastics inside.

People choose products wrapped in plastic out of convenience rather than need. Considering the drastic and imminently approaching effects of climate change, people made more aware of how easy it is and how necessary it is to change their ways—would. Plus, if people realize how it isn’t inconvenient to avoid these products, they’ll be more willing to give them up.

We need to spread the word.


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Rian Hoyle
Nov 1, 2018

Hey Jacob, I've been going garbage-free for my lunches at school since May 2018 and like you mention here it's a lot easier then you'd think, I made a blog post actually about my experience if you chose to read it but I completely agree with your points about how if we make even small adjustments daily we will see change. A toothbrush isn't something people see since it isn't a daily waste more so an every-six-months waste but a toothbrush is made up of way more plastic than say a straw and is pretty much always thrown in the trash. Simple everyday changes makes an impact that most people fail to see.

Lindsay Rankin
Nov 1, 2018

Hey Jacob! 

I think I would have been in the same boat as you with this plastics challenge... and sadly I think some of my plastic use is much to big for a mason jar! I your point about eating healthier foods and using less plastic... I wonder if there is a correlation between plastic use and being a generally healthier.

Have you adopted any of your suggest solutions or tried any of them out? I'm thinking about making the switch to a bamboo toothbrush!

Great work with this Challenge looking forward to hearing more about it! 

Lindsay Rankin
Nov 1, 2018

Hey Jacob! 

I think I would have been in the same boat as you with this plastics challenge... and sadly I think some of my plastic use is much to big for a mason jar! I your point about eating healthier foods and using less plastic... I wonder if there is a correlation between plastic use and being a generally healthier.

Have you adopted any of your suggest solutions or tried any of them out? I'm thinking about making the switch to a bamboo toothbrush!

Great work with this Challenge looking forward to hearing more about it! 

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