Thursday, August 20, 2009

{Plastic} Waste, Day 2

Today was spent driving through the rest of TN, Kentucky, and finally Ohio. And my waste generated seems just as bad, if not worse, than yesterday. Blast you Styrofoam!

Day 2:
Breakfast at the hotel: I ruined my first waffle {the mixture for it came in a Styrofoam cup with plastic lid} and burned a plastic fork trying to get it off the griddle. So this is my second plastic fork, a Styrofoam plate, and a Styrofoam cup for my juice.

Lunch at Subway: I opted for a salad in a big plastic bowl, but did tell the woman working I did not need the plastic lid. I also used a plastic fork {which came in plastic wrapper} and plastic water cup, for which I used no straw or plastic top. Also, note the plastic chip bag.

Coffee at Starbucks: Plastic lid, cardboard cup.

Dinner at Chipotle: I did not take a picture of it, but my burrito came in a foil & paper wrapper and paper bag -- no plastic used. I got a Nantucket Nectar to drink, which comes in a glass bottle. Yay no plastic with dinner!

I am sure there are other odds and ends I used, but forgot about. This is turning out to be a very depressing realization...I know the alternative to all of this would take a lot of prior preparation, but it might just be worth it for future road trips.

As for a previous comment from Chelsea, as long as you look at see what number is in the little recycling triangle symbol on the bottom of a container and it says #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7, it is usually recyclable. It differs town to my town in Texas, for example, the city did not recycle #6, you just have to check the town's website to see what they do accept. And make sure you wash it out!

Also, Beth was kind enough to let me write a guest post on her blog, Fake Plastic Fish! Please check it out :)


ambika said...

They actually banned styrofoam in the city of Seattle. So now all food comes in a paper/cardboard container instead. And because you can put food stained paper in the yard waste bin, it doesn't have to go in the garbage. We actually struggle to fill up our garbage can these days...It's a whole other story when you're on the road, tho.

Lisa Sharp said...

You are right it takes some preparation to be able to skip this kind of waste on a trip but over time as you have done it on a few trips it becomes very easy. Things will still seem to sneak in there at times but it's all about small steps.

I LOVE Chipotle. My husband and I eat there when ever we are near one. Less waste and they serve more natural food and some is even organic.

Kayla Bon said...

Ambika - Go Seattle! I would love to see that god-awful stuff banned in more parts of the country.

Lisa - Chipotle is my weakness! But I do feel a little better about eating there than even Subway.

Lisa Sharp said...

You should feel better about it than Subway. :) They have less plastic and more responsible food. Also they are working to make new restaurants even more eco-friendly.

Subway has a lot of waste and HFCS. :) So Chipotle is a good weakness to have as far as fast food goes. hehe

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