May 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 17

week 17

Do plastic-free sunscreens exist?

Location:Berkeley, California, United States

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 17

Personal Info:

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

Total items: 3

Total weight: 0.356 ounces

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
new:
envelope window

old:
two plastic produce/bulk bags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic produve/bulk bags: we’ve switched over to cloth bags. these are some of our old bags that are becoming too full of holes to use anymore

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
bags

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
The cloth bags are great, but I have to remember to throw them in the wash every once in a while.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

4 comments
Becca Ryals
Becca Ryals

Thanks for the tips, Beth and Fonda! I will definitely have to follow up and see what options work the best for me. Simply staying out of the sun or carrying a parasol (cool!) won't work for me. I spent much of my days doing field work in an open grassland, with the sun beating down all day. I actually end up going through quite a bit of sunscreen. I have several tubes that all have a little left, and I just scored a nearly-full bottle of sunscreen snowboarding this winter. Someone must have dropped it off the chairlift in a seemingly inaccessible place. Once we spotted it from above, we made sure to get make our way down to get it. It's in plastic for sure, but I appreciate a good scavenge.

Fonda LaShay
Fonda LaShay

slow early morning for me at work. so i have been googling around.. i have found many homemade versions that are so full of chemicals you have to wear gloves and masks while preparing them.. ekk. I am not comfortable with that going on my skin.. so i finally found this one.. :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sun-amp-bug-lotion-one-simple-solution

I think I will give it a try. Not all the ingredients seem to come plastic free however, but you might have better luck than me, with you having bulk bin access. (I dont think i can get the zinc o, vitamin e or x gum in glass)

Fonda LaShay
Fonda LaShay

wow! you are doing great!

I too wonder if there is a way to have plastic free sunscreen? Is there are good way to make your own? Hope someone knows!