What is the Plastic Cap Challenge?
Have you ever heard of a salary cap? It’s a simple idea that’s often practiced in professional sports to alleviate the cost of overspending. The idea is that there is a set amount of money that can be spent, and if you go over the allotment there is a tax imposed. For example lets say there is a $10.00 salary cap, if I want something that will cost me $11.00, then I pay the $10.00 I am allowed to spend, but for the $1.00 that goes over the cap I must pay $2.00. The extra $1.00 is the tax I owe for going over the cap.
For the month of February theDIHEDRAL has complied to slightly reduce the weight of our carbon footprint by avoiding the purchase of any new plastic. In other words our Plastic Cap is set at zero. Just like the salary cap scenario laid out above anytime we go over the cap, a tax will be imposed. We have agreed to pay a $1.00 plastic tax for every new item we purchase that is composed of plastic. The taxes that we collect will then be donated to (Access Fund– A non-profit designed to protect access to public lands). This way if we succeed then we’ve done something positive. And if we fail, then we do something positive as well…win win.
The Plastic Cap is the collective brainchild of theDIHEDRAL and a few of our climbing buddies. It all started one day when we were just sitting around talking after a climbing session. The topic was originally inspired after watching an impassioned “Insta-rant” by a fellow climber and outdoor enthusiast Devin Whitney Arnold (@littledevv).
One person’s rant turned into a twenty-person challenge. In year two that rant grew into a forty-person challenge and we’re hoping with your help that number can grow even larger. We’re realistic enough to know that this challenge won’t change the world, but it can raise awareness, and it can change a mentality. Best of all, we’re in this together!
So, if you want to follow our progress, we’ll be using the hashtag #plasticcap on our social media outlets, but we want to follow your progress as well, so if this idea intrigues you, let us know what obstacles you face, and how you progress by commenting below or spreading #plasticcap on social media. Feel free to tag us and let us know whom you’ve brought into the challenge , and which organizations your plastic tax will go to if any? (my family is already sick of me imposing this on them)
My biggest obstacles are definitely going to be food. I eat Greek yogurt like I’m an ancient god sucking down ambrosia 5.3 ounces at a time. I drink soymilk like soybeans have nipples (I thought soymilk would be fine until I noticed that Plastic Cap). And I eat packaged frozen veggies like a vegetarian in The North Pole. Literally almost everything I eat comes packaged in plastic! What ever will I eat this month? Who knows? But I promise to keep you posted along the way! I’m armed with my Nalgene, a flock of cloth grocery bags, and for the times when I can’t avoid plastic I have a wallet filled with enough dollar bills to satiate a carnie working the ring toss!
Yep we’re ditching the straws, the grocery bags, the plastic cups, and anything else that comes in plastic.
SO, let’s go…let’s impose a Plastic Cap, and see where it takes us!