December 27, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 51

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Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 51

Personal Info:

Collecting my plastic waste for 52 weeks.

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

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Bottled water, premade Christmas ornaments, smoothie cup/straw (I broke my glass smoothie bottle, so I went without), + loads more. I should make a list for next time :)

Total items collected: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
None

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 gardein packages
3 sucker wrappers
4 caps/rings (from milk in glass jugs)
1 super glue container
1 glitter glue package
2 dental floss (inner & outer package)
2 contact lens packages
1 plastic sleeve (from new glass water bottle)
5 pet flea prevention

Not pictured:

1 Air packaging from ordering new glass water bottles

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?

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Contacts
Flea preventative (though we use it only during “peak” times of the year)
Super glue (it fixes lots of things that we would normally have to trash)
Glass water bottle replacement.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Be more careful. I broke my glass water bottle that has a silicone sleeve. I thought it was a complete goner, so I was super excited to see they sold replacements. Bummed about the extra plastic, but happy that I have the same water/smoothie bottle… which will save at least 52 corn-based plastic cups a year just from my smoothie purchases :)

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Floss. I’ve never shared on here. But after I realized how much floss we were using, I thought

“we reuse our toothbrushes, why don’t we reuse floss??”

So, for nearly all of this year we’ve been using our floss, rinsing it, and saving it to use again.

Is that gross?? Too much info?? Ha!

2 comments
Danielle
Danielle

Hey Natalie...

What I do with the floss is rinse it off and then hang it around my contact lens solution bottle. It works for me because I take my contacts out at night, so I immediately grab the bottle. It reminds me not to get a new piece of floss. Then when the floss is no longer usable (about 5 uses, I think)... then I get a new piece.

(My husband uses mouth wash and keeps his floss around that.)

Natalie
Natalie

I'm intrigued by you reusing floss. :o

I guess if the floss is made from plastic and the toothbrush bristles are made from plastic, it's the same. The floss would be hard to keep track of, though... maybe you can keep it attached to the dispenser until you've worn that section out.