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Evergreen Fridge Hunt
I was challenged to go through my fridge and take note of what is made of paper packaging, paper cartons, plastic packaging, plastic cartons, and what’s recyclable in an effort to spread awareness in the benefits of recycling and why paper products are important. Right now while we are looking for a house there are currently 7 people, 1 fish, 1 dog (and two frogs we are pet sitting) in my parents house. So we have 2 fridges, 1 freezer and TONS of recycling. Honestly our recycling man gives us a dirty look. We definitely recycle more than we throw away. I thought we were doing our part until I was challenged to this fridge hunt. I used the downstairs fridge for this post. I found waay too many plastic things! I was shocked. I am not a huge proponent of plastic, but apparently I have been really lazy in my purchasing.
In my fridge I found:
11 plastic items
7 paper cartons
6 glass containers
Loads of products in containers (all plastic)
a few paper and plastic combined products.
The only thing I will say is that most of the items I found were recyclable or reusable so I haven’t failed completely! LOL Good thing I did this post because I really need to start paying attention to what I am buying again.
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The major things I noticed that we have in plastic were milk, creamer and eggs. There are a few reasons for that.
- Due to the amount the fridge is used we buy the eggs in the plastic to keep them safe. We’ve had a lot crack in the paper.
- I like milk better in paper. It lasts longer and tastes better. My mom likes the plastic. Her house, she wins.
- The creamer my husband likes is in plastic. He pays the bills, he wins. 🙂
After we move back into our own house a lot of that will change. I prefer to buy eggs in the paper cartons because the girls and I then reuse them in art projects as paint holders or projects. Juice for me ALWAYS has to be in the paper cartons. It just tastes so much better.
Here are a few facts about the benefits of paper cartons and why I am usually so adamant that we use them……
Over 41 million households have access to carton recycling, and that number is on the rise. In addition, cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
Most people don’t realize this but packaging plays a very important role in keeping food and beverages fresh. The environmental impact of a package is just as important as the contents inside.
The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials. To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit www.recyclecartons.com or check with your local recycling program.
And if that didn’t convince you check out this info graphic……
Evergreen has this really cute game you can play to see how knowledgeable you are in paper carton facts called Carton Checkout, it’s so fun!
If you are interested in how you can incorporate paper products into your daily life and help the environment plus our very valuable resources Evergreen is a very good place to start your research!
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Evergreen also has a really great video to show the proper way to recycle your paper cartons….
So now that I showed you my fridge, what’s in yours? 🙂
I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. As always, it does not effect my views or opinions. All thoughts are my own.