April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Benne’ Rockett, Week 5

Name: Benne’ Rockett

Week: 5

Personal Info:
After 27 years of raising children, I am now living alone in my home in Austin, TX. Now childless for 3 months solid and crossing fingers to stay that way!

Read more about Benne’ in her Week 1 Post.

Total items: ZERO!!!

Total weight: ZERO!!!

Items: Recyclable
NONE!!!

Items: Nonrecyclable
NONE!!!

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Can I live plastic free for two weeks in Mexico? Answer to be posted soon.

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
1. Running to several stores for alternative products.
2. Writing to favored companies requesting alternative packaging.
3. Reading this web page more carefully.
4. Turning plastic trash into treasures.
5. Sharing the love with adults and children.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Easy – I’ll be in Mexico for two weeks and am looking forward to drinking a Coke in a bottle made with cane sugar!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
The challenge is a fascinating exercise in awareness.

Please help me with the following question/problem:
I’ve packed two Chico bags in my luggage for shopping while in Mexico. When I have forgotten to bring an alternative bag to a shopping location, I always become instantly grateful that I use a large cloth purse and that I have hands! LOL!

2 comments
Benne'
Benne'

YIPPY! At least one week in my life I was without plastic waste! I forgot to add two products I found that are plastic free. I've had a difficult time finding packaged pasta that doesn't have at least a small pane of plastic, the worst kind in my opinion as it can very easily be digested by animals. I don't know if I'm allowed to plug products, so Beth, delete if you must. Barilla has tortellini dinners for 2 in coated paper. Skinner has lasagna in a paper box with no plastic guts!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Amazing! Thanks for being such an inspiration.