Cutting Plastic Out

  • Location
    Morganville, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
  • Group Type
    Community-Based Program

The Problem

We are trying to limit the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis.

Our Plan

We are trying to cut plastic out for one week to see when we truly need plastic and when we can find a suitable replacement

Themes Addressed

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    Climate Change
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    Zero Waste

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

I spent one week trying to cut all plastic usage out. The only time I used plastic this week was when I changed the bag in my garbage can. Every day, I spent 30 min recording when and why I had to use plastic.

Through this project I/we learned:

I realized how difficult it is to avoid all plastic because even produce comes wrapped in it, even if they don't need a layer of protection around it (ex: bananas). This week, I avoided all products that came wrapped in plastic, but this isn't quite sustainable in the long term.

What I/we might change:

I would find some alternative when picking up produce at the grocery store. There are these reusable bags you can make out of t-shirts that may be a good alternative.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of this project was the accomplishment I felt when I went a day without using or even needing plastic.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

This challenge can be made more fun if you turn it into a competition between your friends or even in your family.

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