What Did I Learn?
My sweetie & I have just returned from our annual ten-day Kauai sojourn. We have brought back tans (or freckles, in my case), experiences (hiking, snorkeling, dancing)...and trash.
Yes. I packed out back a bag of trash for my 2015 One Mason Jar Every Two Months Challenge.
I also brought back items that were not recyclable on the Island of Kauai, but that I know to be recyclable either in Seattle or through outlets I use - namely Terra Cycle and the Aveda Bottle Cap Program. I also brought back a few items I can directly re-use myself :-) It all fit into a macadamia nut bag.
- A butter pat package from a restaurant
- Two chocolate bar inner wrappers
- Plastic cling wrap from three pre-packaged high-density energy bars Jason brought to the island. I figure since I accepted the bars that the wrappings were now my responsibility.
- Cheddar cheese wrapper
- -Blue cheese crumbles plastic tub
- Plastic cap from a glass jar of Soursop & Lime juice from the Hanalei Farmer's Market
- Used dental floss
- The packaging that came with the container (I forgot my floss from home so had to buy one)
- Macadamia nuts package
- A bright orange plastic spoon found on the bottom of the Lydgate Park snorkeling pond Jason found that I said I would keep and re-use. (He was so cute when he presented it to me for my collection. "I bring thee one neon orange Plasiticus Reef Spoonium fish, honey," he beamed.)
- Two plastic produce bags from the Hanalei Farmer's Market that were full of local greens. I had hoped to return the bags but didn't.
- Spout to the plastic water bottle I bought at the airport because I forgot to pack my stainless steel water bottle (#$#*$!) (I *did* pack my stainless steel travel mug and used it a lot)
- The plastic wrap from the banana bread the resort management left for us in our condo rental
- The plastic from the shortbread cookies they also left
- My used zinc oxide sunscreen stick
- A band aid
- The plastic strip from the the top of the Kleenex box
- A plastic straw I didn't refuse in time that came with some drink or other
I also brought back a couple of things, besides the spoon that I found on the side of the road: a Micky Mouse key chain dongle and a metal beer cap.
But I also learned that I am awake and at least trying to off-set the impact of my vacation. (Yes - I flew. See carbon footprint in next post.) If I can't take a solar plane yet, at least I can try and "leave as little trace as circumstances allow".
Next Up: Green Hawai'ian Vacation Part Two: Buying Local and Picking Up Roadside Trash