May 24, 2009

What to buy. What not to buy...


I am Charlotte, one of the daughters of the almost trash-free family. Today I went shopping at Claire's, a total girl store on 83rd street and as most girls do spent a lot of time there because of how I get overwhelmed. When I got home and showed my mom all of the accessories I had bought, she said I was lucky I had gone now, and not in June, because almost all of the packaging was non-recyclable and non-reusable plastic. Here is a picture of what i bought with the packaging. Here is a list of the things I would have been able to  get in June.

Able to get:
-Rope bracelets
-The gold headband
-The peace bracelets

Here are the things that I wouldn't have been able to buy in June.

Not able to get:
-Jolly Rancher lip gloss
-Lip Vitamin lip gloss
-The pack of three headbands

Surprisingly, a lot is packaged with way too much packaging. If there is plastic covering it, why add another layer of cardboard and then more plastic? It doesn't make any sense for two reasons. One, it is really hard to open (the Lip Vitamin needed scissors unlike everything else) and two, it is really bad for the environment. Please join my family in the Trash-Free month!


  1. Hi Charlotte. Good luck with your project. It's interesting. I have two boys, almost 6 and almost 8, and they are often the ones in our family making the most effort to reduce our trash and think about how our choices affect the earth. I believe people your age will be real leaders in making our planet healthier! Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck!


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