June 28, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Jessica Sharp, Week 4

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Location:Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Name: Jessica Sharp

Week: 4

Personal Info:

I am female, married, mostly stay at home at the moment, sometimes substitute teach, with no children yet. My husband is a computer programmer. Both my husband and I are included in this challenge.

Jessica Sharp’s personal blog: http://livingzerowaste.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags, various plastic food containers

Total items collected: 28

Total weight: 224g regular tally + 377g from tv stand packaging = 601g total

Items: Recyclable
Vitamin bottle
Tums bottle
Sauce container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Charmin wet wipes package
Plastic wrapper from toilet scrubbies
Plastic ring to new vitamin bottle
Plastic ring from new fish oil bottle
Empty Advair and plastic sleeve it comes in
Two milk rings and caps
Moment of weakness Blizzard lid and spoon
Two mint wrappers
A mini pile of plastics bits, screws, glue, etc. from inside the new TV stand box
A cat treat package
A bit of plastic from installing child proofing for said cats
Two plastic sleeves neither one of us could remember the purpose for :/
A few plastic windows from mail
A bubblewrap-lined envelope
Not pictured, two straws from HuHot because we didn’t get our wishes communicated in time
Big box of Styrofoam from TV stand :( Not pictured because it got it’s own picture on our blog :/

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic wrapper from toilet scrubbies (I plan to switch to an all natural brush from lifewithoutplastic.com once we have the money, and then I’ll start making my own bowl cleaner to go with it.)
The new vitamin bottle is now going to be in glass (found at Whole Foods).

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?
Plastic ring to new vitamin bottle
Plastic ring from new fish oil bottle
Empty Advair and plastic sleeve it comes in
Two milk rings and caps

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?
I am ready to give up the bathroom scrubbies. They work great, but I can no longer justify such a single use product. Once these are gone and I’ve saved money for the natural brush, I will be making the switch.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’m happy that besides the TV stand waste, our tally progressively declined with each week! We did the challenge for four weeks. This challenge was really good for us and has helped us to identify problem areas to work on.

3 comments
Maddie
Maddie

Hi Jessica,  I see you are thinking of making your own toilet bowl cleaner.  Maybe i am just lazy but I find a squirt of dish soap or really any liquid soap works great.  You really don't need a specialty cleaner for the toilet bowl.  I refill my dish soap bottle from the bulk section of my co-op

BethTerry
BethTerry

Jessica, thank you for participating in the challenge for 4 weeks.  What would you say you learned the most from it?  And would you recommend it to other people?

JessicaSharp
JessicaSharp

 @BethTerry I would recommend it to anyone! It helps you to think about your trash in a different way. Even before we did the challenge we had been trying to cut back our waste, but once we were actually weighing it and noting every piece of plastic it really made a bigger impact and we noticed things we wouldn't have otherwise.