August 14, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 1

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Any suggestions for a brand of pads with no plastic waste, and also razors that aren’t disposable?

Location:  Medical Lake, WA, United States

Name: Gray

Week: 1

Personal Info:

18-year-old Cornell environmental engineering student (living in NY though I come from WA). It’s hard to be environmentally conscious when the school makes a lot of descisions about what I eat and stuff, but I am trying to do better.

Total items collected: 25

Items: Recyclable

Sauce container, deoderant top… we live five miles from a recycling plant that recycles some types of plastic.

Items: Nonrecyclable
11 pad wrappers, two straws, package for disposable camera (I know shame on me), banana sticker, razor, bag from a sandwich at a cafe, plastic lid, 2 catsup bags, wrapper from dishwashing pod, 2 balloons from graduationunknown

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Could possibly find less plastic pads, refuse straws, refuse disposable cameras, differnt type of razor, refuse food in bags, different type of dishwashing detergent

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Balloons, although those weren’t my doing, catsup (maybe…I really love catsaup)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Pads… can someone suggest a brand that may use less plastic because I know of none… and how about tampons while we are at it?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Becoming financially independent so I can decide what I buy and bring into my life… that may take years though

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Balloons… that’s easy enough! I won’t be graduating again anytime soon!

 

1 comments
BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

Hi, welcome to the challenge!  Yes, I definitely have suggestions for you.  Natracare makes compostable pads and tampons.  But also, have you considered reusable pads?  Or menstrual cups?  Here's my post about feminine hygiene:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/plastic-free-feminine-hygiene-it-had-to/


I use a metal safety razor.  Here's my post about that:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/plastic-free-shaving-part-1/


My friend Mark makes his own catsup.  I included the recipe in my book.  :-)  But there are also brands you can find in glass bottles -- usually in natural food stores and coops.


Cheers!  Let us know your progress!


Beth