November 30, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 47

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Halloween?? (see conclusion)

Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 47

Personal Info:

Collecting our plastic trash for 52 weeks. See my week 1 post for more info :)

Danielle’s personal blog: http://itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com

Total items: 118

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
None

Items: Nonrecyclable
114 candy wrappers (Halloween!!!… AHHHHHH!!!)
3 milk caps/ring (from glass jugs)
1 plastic seal

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

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Now, I would certainly have no problem giving up the candy…. BUT… what would I tell my kids at Halloween??

“Bah-humbug… you can’t trick or treat!”?? (*sigh*… no)

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

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

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Ok… I’m going to cut to the chase. Some things are difficult with kids. Halloween is one of those things. Things I was easily able to do to reduce plastic: I didn’t give out candy at our house and didn’t buy my kids prepackaged halloween costumes.

I’m thinking… that maybe… we could have a big halloween party next year. Ask friends to make a dessert/homemade candy … and when the kids win a game (err… do a trick– like bobbing for apples) then they win some dessert. Let them gorge themselves on sweets one night and have loads of fun. Just a thought… curious if anyone else has any ideas??