I was checking out Eco-Trash Solutions’ twitter account and came across a new follower. @TrashfreeNYC is the twitter name of the Elliott Family, who lives in New York City. They have decided to challenge themselves to be trash free for a month. On their web page, they state the following:
“We are a Manhattan family of five that is going to spend the month of June reducing the plastic and packaging we bring into our city lives. If it can’t be recycled or composted, don’t bring it home!”
A novel idea, but in our modern plastic world, a daunting task. According to their website, they “became freaked out by the trash swirl” and wanted to see if they could live a plastic/trash free life.
“For one month, we won’t buy anything that is shrink-wrapped, or wrapped in that hard plastic, or anything that is itself plastic-y.”
They were inspired by a New Zealand couple who lived for a year in which they only generated a plastic grocery bag’s worth of garbage. And while that is a phenomenal feat, to be sure, I suspect it will be an entirely different adventure for a family of five, living in the city.
The Elliot Family intends to control what they bring into their home, which will severely restrict their purchasing options. Plastic is everywhere these days. Here’s a teaser from one of their recent posts, just six days before D day:
…But in June, 95% of that store-bought stuff will be off-limits…This has been a serious topic of concern at breakfast lately. During June, there will be no Cocoa Puffs, no pop-tarts, no Sunday-morning cinnamon buns… Is that waxy paper around a stick of butter recyclable? And yogurt — plastic! We are looking at a lot more fruit and oatmeal.
Is the Elliott family’s goal an impossible one, to bring nothing home that can’t be recycled or composted? I wish them the best of luck. I’ve added their website to the Eco-Trash Blog Roll and I will monitor their progress and keep you posted.