April 22, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 18

Name: Danielle

Week: 18

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: 9

Total weight: 2.7 oz

Items: Recyclable

1 Strawberry container (#1) <—though I won’t be recycling it.

Items: Nonrecyclable

3 milk jug caps (from reusable glass bottles)

1 ring from milk jug cap

2 graham cracker packages

1 Gardein package

1 lid (from Mayo)

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

I make graham crackers.  (These wrappers are a continuation of what I bought for camping.)

Strawberries– I need to call my CSA and see about being able to return the container or getting my strawberries sans plastic.

Mayonnaise

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

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

Right now, milk in glass bottles.

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

Don’t give into convenience.

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

Since  I’m behind in my posting… in the middle of making egg salad sandwiches for lunch….I forgot that I didn’t buy new mayo and ended up having to make my own!!  Easiest thing in the world!!  I don’t know why I’ve been buying pre-made mayo for all these years!!  So… check mayo off my list… I’m NEVER buying it again!!! :D

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

Hmmm…. there’s a huge reward to not using plastics.  It may be more work… but it’s well worth the effort :)

Healthy people = Healthy planet