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My One Small Change

I'm going to rip my milk open instead of twist it open -- and save lots of plastic while doing so.

Fellow Mommy blogger Hip Mountain Mama Suzy has come up with a great way to get people talking about environmental issues: One Small Change. And what is it? It’s a contest and a blog-o-thon of sorts. According to the instructions, everyone who participates must make one green-related change per month between now and Earth Day. (That’s four changes all together) And blog about them. On Earth Day, several winners will be chosen. Yes, there are prizes involved! The biggest prize, of course, is that hundreds of bloggers will make said changes and tweet, Facebook, and blog about them. Which means hundreds if not thousands of people will be inspired to do the same. Talk about grassroots action!

I’m in, of course. My One Small Change hit me by accident. I was out of milk so I picked up another half gallon at Trader Joe’s. When I was putting it away I noticed the container is way more environmentally correct than the other brand I had purchased. It doesn’t have a tiny plastic cap on the outside or the plastic pull tab on the inside. By buying the rip-it-open-and-fold-it-back version I was keeping plastic out of a landfill and — even better — out of our oceans. Now that I’ve noticed this, I am going to make a big effort to avoid this type of packaging for some of my other drink purchases. In fact, I am going to try and find milk sold in recyclable glass bottles, which should be difficult since I only buy organic milk. But we shall see! In the meantime, I feel pretty good about my decision since those caps are rarely recycled. (Although I did find a post on Earth911.com about Aveda’s plastic cap recycling program.)

What’s your One Small Change going to be? Can’t wait to hear all about it! (p.s. Do you know where I can find an organic dairy here on Long Island that bottles its milk?!?)

7 Responses to “My One Small Change”

  1. This is brilliant! You know, I have never really considered this…thanks for bringing it to my attention as I will be much more aware of purchasing things with plastic tops vs no plastic tops!
    Thanks for joining the challenge..I am excited to watch your progress and read about how it all goes!

  2. Erin Ely says:

    Love the one small change idea that’s great, because one small change can get us thinking about one small change, and then another and then another.
    I purchase raw milk from a local farm. I use glass bottles and they are reused every week. I leave a clean one when I pick up my milk.

    If you want to try and find real milk in your area check out the Campaign for Real milk website: http://www.realmilk.com/

    Let me know if you have any questions. I’ve been buying raw milk for about 5 years… and once you have it there is no going back to the “old milk”.

  3. Very cool little step. Some time last year, a group of us wrote to a local dairy company here asking them to get rid of those plastic caps. And they did! Let me see if I can find the post I wrote…

    Okay, here it is:


    We are using the milk in the glass bottles now though, even though the cap is plastic. 🙁 I think there must be glass-bottled milk near you because No Impact Man in NY City was able to find it. Don’t know what the name of the dairy was.

    We should compare notes about going plastic-free. My total plastic waste for 2009 was 3.7 pounds, and I think I can do even better in 2010! Of course, I only have cats… not kids. 🙂

  4. kb says:

    Thanks for the link! I’m going there now!

  5. kb says:

    Wow! You created real change! What an inspiration!

  6. Melissa says:

    We are growing herbs this month, and deluttering next month! I am going to pay more attention to our caps from now on!

  7. Matt says:

    Unfortunatly those are TetraPak containers and are lined with two layers of plastic on the inside, followed by a layer of aluminum, then a layer of paperboard followed by another layer of plastic. All plastic is LDPE (Low Density Polyethele).

    The only “Recycleable” parts of the containers are ironically the plastic pull tab and the plastic cap.

    If you really want to be “green” buy your milk in returnable glass bottles. The TetraPaks are more plastic to the landfills. Milk has not come in “Waxed” paper cartons for over 25 years.

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