I started this blog on September 14. I had a lot of classes that day so I thought it would be a good day to start my blog. This assignment was to write down each plastic that we used throughout the day. I didn’t expect To use as much plastic as I did. When I think of plastic I think I was plastic water bottles, plastic plates, plastic bags, and plastic straws. I never thought about toothbrushes and toothpaste and stuff like that. I never realized how much plastic there is in this world until this assignment. It’s really hard to not use plastic because it’s so easy and it’s so cheap that it’s the best thing to use. In the 24 hours that I did this assignment I touched 38 items. At first I thought that wasn’t a lot but then I realized that a lot of the stuff I kept touching repeatedly. If I counted every time I picked up a pen or pencil I would have over 100 items.
I think this one day fairly represented the amount of plastics I used because I was going out of the house a lot and going to different classes and going out to eat. Before leaving for my classes I would always grab my keys that has my cougar card, credit card, and key along with my mask. Today was the day that I touched the most plastic because I was so busy. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I was running late to my one class so I had to grab a plastic water bottle for on the go. I did recycle it but I should have given myself a few extra minutes to refill my metal water bottle. On Tuesday I learned and realized how much stuff is made of plastic. Since it was so hot me and my roommate had to turn our three fans on in our room. There’s three fans counted towards my 38 items that I touched that were plastic. When I started this assignment I never would have imagined how much plastic there is only in my dorm room. We even have ice trays or plastic. Me and my roommates have a recycling can that’s different from our garbage can. We use a lot of plastic forks and other utensils when the other silverware isn’t clean. Hey, what can I say, not everything can always be clean. When I was figuring out my plastic footprint, I found out that I use 52.4 pounds a year.
By the end of the day I was really ashamed of myself with how much plastic I used. Even in the shower thinking about the day there was plastic surrounding me. With body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and many face products, it was an insane realization. I am only one person and the fact that I use that much plastic hurts to see.