March 8, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Gina M, Week 2

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Is there a way around plastic milk containers?

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Gina M

Week: 2

Personal Info:

female with 3 roommates, work away from home (and have to buy food supplies for job)

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Plastic water bottles, plastic utensils

Total items collected: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Milk-#2
BBQ sauce-#1
Fruit container-#1

Items: Nonrecyclable
Lots of grocery bags
produce bags
frozen chicken bag
zip-lock bags
gum wrappers
cheese plastic
Eye drops

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
grocery/produce bags
frozen chicken (possibly?)
zip-lock bags
cheese (I usually don’t get the individually wrapped kind, but when I went shopping a few weeks ago it was the only one :( )

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
“snack sized” bags

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
eye drops/contact solutions, milk, medicine

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Simply remembering to bring reusable grocery bags with me all the time can help cut out a lot, putting my lunch in a reusable container instead of a bag

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Grocery and produce bags

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I never really realized just how much plastic is around us everyday until doing this challenge…

1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Gina, you can get Straus organic milk in returnable glass bottles. There is still a plastic cap, but at least the milk is not encased in plastic. Check this site to find stores that carry it near you:

http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/?section=Stores

For me, Straus is better than paperboard milk cartons, which are lined inside and out with plastic and which are very difficult to recycle.