October 26, 2010

Amanda R., Week 2

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Amanda's plastic waste

Name: Amanda

Week: 2

Personal Info:

Read Amanda’s description in her Week 1 post.

Total items: 44

Total weight: 5 oz

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
16 envelope windows
1 deodorandt container
3 seals from jars
2 electrolyte drink pkts
1 electrolyte chews pkt
4 ties
1 milk bottle top ring
1 bag from meat
1 knife
1 tag
1 pen top
1 votive candle hoder
1 parmesan cheese wrapper
2 plastic bags
1 pkg from swim cap
1 decals
1 microwave popcorn pkg
1 mailing envelope
3 random bits of plastic
1 garbage bag

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
candle
knife
popcorn
cheese

The crackers and larabar are slightly harder – I ordered a book on making crackers, as well as the e-book you advertised with the lara bar recipes.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m exploring worm composting as a way to reduce the need for garbage bags
I need to call companies that send paper mail and ask them to go all electronic
I’m torn on moving to other kinds of deodorant… I sweat a lot!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Microwave popcorn

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I watched The Duggan Sisters video http://www.duggansisters.com/lifestinks/lifestinks.php
The container for their powered deodorant is stainless steel with a shaker top. They do sell a refill for the SS shaker in a plastic bag. They say it is a year’s supply. I think it may be an issue of keeping moisture out of the powder.

For deodorant, try this:

http://www.duggansisters.com/lifestinks/lifestinks.php

This small business is run by cousins of mine in Chicago. All natural deodorant in a reusable, nonplastic container. And it works!

I grew up on microwave popcorn but now buy loose kernels in bulk, using my cloth produce bag and storing in glass jars. I was amazed at both how easy it is to make popcorn “from scratch” and at how much better it tastes. Plus I have more portion control. No way would I go back!

Amanda, it’s amazing that you cut your plastic waste in half. Let me know how the worm composting goes. I’ve been experimenting with various deodorant options and plan on posting about what I’ve discovered soon. I had been using plain baking soda, but lately it has caused the same itching that other people experienced.

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