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
deodorant
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.

2 comments
Pheas
Pheas

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.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Lena. Well, you certainly got your plastic waste down from last week.

I don't worry about putting veggies into my reusable bags. I wash the bags like a wash my clothes. And I'm going to rinse the veggies anyway. But that's me.

I do like to carry a container with me always for just in case. I just found a collapsible silicone container for Jon. Maybe it would work for you too if you keep it in your purse.

http://www.amazon.com/Sprouts-Eco-friendly-Collapsible-Silicone-Storage/dp/B002F9MUN4

I'm not sure how big that container is. There are others like it that I've seen.