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Jiesiang's first plastic diary

Jiesiang's first plastic diary

I've been living at the Eco Centre on Eigg, and my first plastic diary is set here. This is a quick run through of what my day looks like and how much I use plastic things just going about everyday business.

8.00 - 8.30 - get up and ready for the day (15 plastic items)

  1. My alarm on my cellphone wakes me up (1)
  2. A bit of basic morning hygiene - my toothbrush, toothpaste, eye lenses container, and a quick-drying towel (4)
  3. I have a drink of water from my thermos (1)
  4. I prepare for the day with beauty products that are kept in plastic - aqueous calamine cream, antiperspirants, my makeup (3)
  5. I put up my hair in a hair tie (1)

8:30 - 9:30 - breakfast time! (8 plastic items)

  1. I make tea from the hot water machine and pour soy milk from the soya milk box (2)
  2. For my toast, the bread knife has a plastic handle, and so does the toaster​; then I butter my toast using a knife and the margarine box (4)
  3. Tidying up, I put the milk back in the fridge and then wash my plate in a plastic wash box (2)

9:00 - 11:00 - the daily morning chores and gardening (7 plastic items)

  1. I put bread mix into the bread machine (1)
  2. My sports shoes have got plastic on them, and so do my wellington boots (2)
  3. I take out our compost - which is stored in a small plastic compost box and goes out to a big plastic compost barrell (2) 
  4. Doing gardening, I have two plastic buckets with me for weeding (2)

11:00 - 12.00 - tea break then out to the garden again (7 plastic items)

  1. We have a tea break - which means using the hot water machine, the fridge, soya milk box, margarine box and knife (5)
  2. I clean up and use the wash box & brush (2)
  3. Then it's back outside in my wellington boots, and this time I take secateurs, and a saw in its plastic container (4)

12:00 - 16:00 - lunch and gardening (8 plastic items)

  1. I make some more bread - which uses a plastic bag for the dough and a measuring cup for flour, a plastic jug for measuring water and another plastic cup for ingredients (4)
  2. I like spicy food, and the chilli sauce packet is plastic (1)
  3. Cleaning up, it's the wash box, brush and sponge again (3)
  4. Heading back out to the garden, my wellingtons and the wheel barrow are both plastic (2)

16:00 - 19:00 - free time! (11 plastic items)

  1. Snacking time - I store my cookie packet and crisp packet in a food container, and use a plastic clip to seal them (4)
  2. A drink from my thermos (1)
  3. I tidy up a little using a dustpan and broom (2)
  4. I charge my phone, using the wall socket, plug adapter, and a cellphone charge line (4)

19:00 - 20:00 - dinner time (10 plastic items)

  1. I have to pop outside and put on my sport shoes (1)
  2. I use the detergent soap box and dish brush (2)
  3. We drink water from the plastic jug and a plastic cup (2)
  4. We have rice for dinner, and I serve myself from the rice cooker with a plastic rice spoon (2)
  5. Cleaning up, I use the plastic wash box, the brush and a sponge (3)

After 20:00 - bedtime! (11 plastic items)

  1. Evening cleaning rituals - my toothbrush, toothpaste, eye lenses container, contact lens solution bottle (4)
  2. My lip balm and aqueous calamine cream also come in plastic packaging (2)
  3. I fill up my thermos (1)
  4. My glasses and glasses box both have plastic in them (2)
  5. I use a pen to write in the evening (1)
  6. Finally, lights out - the light switch is plastic (1)

Total plastic used in one day - 83 items

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Wednesday, 17 August 2022