After our week-long plastic-free challenge, we were amazed at the lack of trash in our kitchen garbage can. Plastic milk rings, produce stickers, thrift-store tags, a Band-Aid, and a non-recyclable junk-mail card were the bulk of the contents. That was an entire week’s worth of kitchen garbage! We also decided to stop lining our trash can with a plastic bag. Our compost at least doubled as we bought more foods in their natural packaging (fruits and veggies). We avoided buying bread in plastic bags, plastic-wrapped tortillas, boxes of granola bars, baked goods packaged in plastic clamshells, boxed cereal, etc. All of those foods are packaged for convenience and longer shelf-life, but they also create excess waste. Ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” before you buy. Over-packaging is often unnecessary and you can keep it out of landfills by not purchasing it in the first place. Challenge yourself to a week of plastic-free purchasing and see how amazing it feels to create almost no trash (and forgo the plastic liner while you’re at it). Less is more.