Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett
Read Becca and Gordon’s full description in their Week 1 Challenge post.
Total items: 13
Total weight: 3.6 ounces (0.29 ounces new, 3.32 ounces old)
Bottle of cleaner (old)
- three envelope windows
- wrapper to Aveeno face soap
- nylon rope from disposable camera
- wrapper for roll of quarters
- wrapper around mesh scourer
- plastic bag from some food stuffs
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-nylon rope from disposable camera: We counted the rest of this plastic in our week 7 tally, but we actually didn’t toss it. I have actually been using the case to protect my digital camera while snowboarding. But, this nylon rope has served no purpose.
-wrapper for roll of quarter: The last one. I heard that the Bank of America in North Berkeley has rolls of quarters in paper.
-wrapper around mesh scourer: These can be purchased without plastic pretty easily.
-plastic bag from something: who knows? I found this in the cupboard, and it has a big hole in it. I get along great with no new plastic bags.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-3 envelope windows: One of these is from the UC retirement savings program, but I just signed up for online statements. Two are from Comcast, both addressed to “current resident,” even though we are already customers with paperless billing. I can’t take it!!! I have been able to reduce a lot of my mail waste by signing up for paperless billing and calling companies. I already spent 30 minutes on the phone with Comcast, so I have to take another approach. If you get a lot of junk mail, get yourself unlisted at https://www.catalogchoice.org
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We need to be willing to experiment (e.g. with less-plastic or plastic-free face soaps)
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
plastic wrapper for roll of quarters.
Question: We don’t like using bleach, but natural cleaners don’t seem to do the job in this case. Any suggestions?