THINGS I COULD HAVE REFUSED:
Butter pat plastic
Quick Deli Items- like prewrapped sandwiches
Burger wrappers of mixed materials
(interestingly, fast food chain giant Jack'N' The Box wraps their burgers in plain old compostable was paper, while our local burger chain- Dick's Burgers, which serves better grade, better sourced meat wraps them in wrappers you can't recycle or compost- co figure)
(Yeah--I know, I know, I should never eat another burger-fast food or not- as long as I live for a variety of reasons...)
Teflon Dental Floss- I COULD pick up some 100% silk thread at the fabric store and use that. Other Zero Wasters do. Silk is compostable.
The TAZO tea, in mixed materials wrapper, is the last of that brand I will be using.
Which brings up a point- it is SO hard to tell in advance sometimes, exactly what kind of packaging your product will come in until it is too late. You'd think that TAZO would be in plain old paper, but it ain't.
Anyhow. the good new is that at home, ALL of my Teas are now loose leaf from the bulk bins and stored in Mason jars :-)
Everything else in this photo- with the exception of the contact lens packaging, I don't even know what it is.
Which makes me wonder if I ever really needed it in the first place!