May 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 16

week 16

I recently had to buy vacuum bags. They came in a packet of 3, in a plastic bag. Are there other options?

Location:Berkeley, California, United States

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 16

Personal Info:

Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett’s personal blog: http://becca.posterous.com/

Total items: 7

Total weight: 1.99 ounces

Items: Recyclable
pump soap (old)
cap from hot sauce (#5, old)

Items: Nonrecyclable
new:
envelope window
sticker from pickle jar

old:
two individual tea packets
foam cap liner from who-knows-what

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
tea packets. unfortunately, i still have a bunch of these in my cupboard. I am replenishing with bulk teas.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
hot sauce. it comes in a glass bottle with plastic cap. it took us at least a year to finish this bottle, so I guess we don’t really need it at all.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
envelope windows. I don’t feel that they are essential, but they are forced on us. We reduced our junk mail significantly, however.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
These past few weeks have been cray busy. Despite this, I relied very little on convenience plastics. I think this is because I have changed a lot of my behaviors (e.g. reaching for a glass jar for storage and transport of food versus a plastic bag) and because I tried my best to plan ahead (e.g. keeping some easy meals in the freezer).

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
pump soap. It’s already replaced with a bar.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?