Last year a member of my local Zero Waste group on Facebook asked if she should do bulk bin shopping in the context of living 20 miles away from the nearest store to offer it. Commentators on the post agreed that it probably was not a good idea. The additional miles driven would likely have a larger carbon footprint than the amount of plastic saved.
I wondered if there is a way to express miles driven as a quantity of single-use plastic. Here is my best ballpark estimate:
1 mile driven = 5.3 standard size plastic water bottles
There are magical local groups on Facebook where you give and receive gifts from your neighbors. There is absolutely no selling or money changing hands. It’s a hyper-local gift economy, and it’s helping to divert waste from landfills and promote re-use.
Those of us of a certain age remember this catchphrase from the late 90s and early aughts. It was from a popular infomercial for a home rotisserie machine which let you slow roast just about anything you could stuff in it. You could just “Set it and forget it!” until your slab of meat was cooked through hours later.