July was a busy time for me. We celebrated my son’s 26th birthday, Independence Day and I had plenty around here to keep me busy. It was an exceptionally wet month for us with cold temperatures which meant every time the rain stopped I was outside weeding. I also took on the challenge of No Plastic in July and collected even more furniture which needed to find new homes. Here’s how July looked from here.
No Plastic in July didn’t turn out too badly if I look at it from the perspective of the typical American, but for me I failed. I needed certain items this month that could not be found without plastic on them. There were:
- 3 packages of underwear, (this is where I draw the line on used clothing),
- plastic wrapping on 8 packages of clothes line to repair the patio chairs,
- 3 plastic bags that came home with me from the farmer’s market
- 1 plastic bag from tortillas
- 1 bag from store-bought organic apples and the plastic tie on the bag
- Plastic wrapping on the end of a bunch of bananas
- 3 plastic containers of plants purchased at the farmer’s market ( all are being repurposed)
- And the worst offender, I purchased a new notebook (computer) which as well as having a plastic case, had 4 small plastic bags on components.
This type of spending is not typical for me, I grew most of my plants from seed this year, but after the deer ate all my tomato plants I purchased one to have fresh tomatoes, this was the first time I can ever remember buying clothes line, but it was a better option than throwing out the patio chairs, and as for underwear sorry that’s where I draw the line on buying used.
Okay so I didn’t reach zero plastic in the month of July, but I did save several items which were headed for the landfill.
There was this metal piece which was removed from a mirror that is now a wreath, all the fabrics were purchased used.
I saved 4 more chairs
Two storage baskets
A wall clock
A Patio Table
A flag and flag pole, a set of home stereo speakers, two tiki lamps
I freecycled the speakers and the 2 hose reels I found over May and June.. Then using some fabric purchased at a yard sale and some paint I updated a cheap-o shelf I found back in May.
Then there were the items set out by a neighbor who is moving across the country to further his education.
The two lamps already have a home, one my granddaughter picked the color and took home for next to her bed.
I also found a liquid soap dispenser which appears to have never been used, it will go out for a yard sale as soon as we have a nice weekend.
Next came a bag of T-shirts never worn that were being walked to the dumpster. 13 in all. My son, his wife and a friend of hers each took one, a neighbor said he would take all I had in his size (for a total of 5) that he would wear for work shirts That leaves me with 5, a couple of which I will keep for myself.
Another project I wanted to have completed was the dining room table, and 3 various chairs that I restored and added the one wooden chair found in July to make this set.
I didn’t get the table finished, I’ve only just started on it. But I do have the chairs finished.
A toaster oven I forgot to photograph before sending it to its new home.
Finally I saved 10 DVD-R in cases, never used. My son was thrilled with this as these are quite pricey.
This brings my total of saved items for the month of July to 44 items plus a good-sized collection of pens and markers. Some small some larger, but all would have taken up precious space in landfills when they were still usable. It didn’t take much to repurpose these items,
What I haven’t counted here is the food scraps I have been able to save. Starting a compost section in the garden I have been able to convince family and friends to drop off food waste here rather than tossing it in their garbage. Surprisingly they have responded by doing just that.
Did you find anything this month that was destined for the trash?