October 28, 2010

Lena, Ethical Ocean, Week 2

Lena Ethical Ocean plastic waste

Name: Lena

Week: 2

Personal Info:
For personal info, see Lena’s Week 1 tally.

Total items: 14

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
yogurt container
lemon juice container

Items: Nonrecyclable
saran wrap
food wrap (bread, cheese, veggie ground)
plastic produce bags
take out containers
wrapping that flowers came in

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
take out containers, plastic produce bags, saran wrap

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’m not sure. None in this week’s case.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
deodorant, food wrap (for cheese, veggie ground)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week, it seems like most of my waste was a result of purchasing groceries for home use. While I don’t see a healthy and economical alternative to this, I’m not sure what else could be done.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The flowers.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
In terms of the take out containers, I used to bring my own if I knew I couldn’t finish a meal, but I don’t always carry them around expecting to eat out. I would just rather save food than have it tossed out or force myself to eat it. With regard to the plastic produce bags, I usually bring reusable bags, but somehow I don’t like putting exposed, wet broccoli or lettuce in those bags.. maybe it’s just me.

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2 Comments on "Lena, Ethical Ocean, Week 2"

4 years 11 months ago

I do like Beth and put the produce right into a cloth bag. I just launder them as needed.

I found lemon juice in a glass bottle at our grocery store (still has a plastic lid, but it’s a step). And of course, fresh-squeezed is a great option when time and laziness aren’t barriers, as they often are for me.