Today I threw out: this plastic banana bag. Could this trash have been avoided? Yep, I bet there are supermarkets in my neighborhood that sell bunches of bananas not in bags. Will think about this. What I didn't throw out: the two edge-of-overripeness bananas that were left (they went into the food processor and then the freezer for smoothie ice pops) and the peels and stems (compost).
Also: this plastic yogurt container from Fairway (see above re: smoothie ice pops). Mini-rant: why is it so hard to find full-fat yogurt? When will Big Yogurt come around to the "fat is good" movement?
ETA: I guess I could have also made my own yogurt, which is something people do. Much respect to home yogurt-makers.
One last thing that bothers me about plastic recycling: how clean does it have to be? My moisturizer comes out through a little pinhole in the top of the bottle—will the last bits of moisturizer clinging to the inside ruin everything? This whole thing feels impossible to navigate.
I also realized today that a couple of trash habits are so ingrained that they don't even register, and I haven't been noting them.
1 – Cleaning out the drain catcher post-dishwashing—that goes directly into the trash, even though it could/should go into the compost.
2 – Using disposable facial cleansing cloths as part of my nighttime toilette. I just really, really hate washing my face with my hands and dripping water down my elbows. I do use the cloths to wipe down the sink afterward, so maybe on some level that mitigates the wastefulness.
Also, happy to say that based on Emily's comment, I composted a peach pit today with no fear of overfertilized peach trees coming for me next summer...