October 26, 2010

Amanda R., Week 2

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

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?

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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Pat Clancy
3 years 8 months ago

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.

Pat Clancy
3 years 8 months ago

For deodorant, try this:


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

5 years 1 month ago

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!