March 24, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 14

Name: Danielle

Week: 14

Personal Info:

We are collecting our plastic trash for all of 2011. Read about our family on my Week 1 post.

Blog: It Starts With Me

Total items: 18

Total weight: 2.6 oz

Items: Recyclable

We have recycling pick up at our home. We use our service mainly for paper and glass.

1 contact solution bottle (#1)

Items: Nonrecyclable

1 Smart Dogs package

1 ring from milk jug cap

1 tag (from broccoli)

2 sticker wraps (from organic bananas)

1 package (from veggie crumbles)

2 seals/wraps (from tabasco and contact solution)

2 ties (from organic Romaine)

1 safety seal (from ketchup)

1 cap (from Tom’s of Maine toothpaste)

1 dental floss container  (though the package says biodegradable??)

4 wrappers (from granola/cereal bars)

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

Cereal bars.  I can’t remember the last time I bought granola/cereal bars.  We went to a farm and they had all sorts of snacks… I, however, didn’t think to bring snacks with us since we were only going to be there for an hour.  Note to self:  Just like I always bring water with us (in a reusable water bottle of course!), I need to always have some sort of snack on hand.

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

I think that I’m finally going to commit to giving up the veggie crumbles.  (deep breath)  Am working on finding the right alternative for our family.

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

Contact solution, dental floss, toothpaste

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

Think ahead… plan… rethink… and reevaluate.

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

Veggie crumbles and smart dogs.  <—we rarely buy hot dogs… so that one is easy.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

For the past several weeks, I hadn’t been adding the Romaine lettuce ties to my tally.  For some reason, I was under the impression that they were paper.  Silly assumption.  I happened to find one in my compost pile… the purple color and all of the writing was gone… and what remained was a wire covered in plastic.  *sigh*  What sucks is that I could buy conventional romaine without the tie… but I can’t… err… I don’t want to buy conventional.  grrr… Plastic is annoying.