Location:Nevada City, California, United States
I am the mother of two sons, eleven and fourteen. Our family of four decided to do this challenge based on my youngest son’s reaction to the movie Bag It.
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
We refused plastic shopping bags, but we already did that. We didn’t refuse anything else because we wanted an accurate baseline of how much plastic waste we actually generate.
Total items collected: 109
yogurt tub #5
chocolate syrup container #7
4 berry containers #1
lettuce container #1
to-go coffee lid #6
gelato tub #1
take-out container #5
take-out container lid #5
milk cartons (I think these are recyclable as paper waste)
ice cream tubs (same as milk cartons)
tuna can (recyclable as metal)
fast food drink containers
frozen chicken strips bag
dog pill pockets bag
peanut butter pouch
lid from coffee jar
pill bottle lid and seal
wrapper for coconut water
mac & cheese pouch
dog flea medicine applicator and package
sleeves for stickers
squeeze yogurt containers
seal for yogurt tub
6-pack soda holder
price tag sleeve
applicator for scrapbooking tape
various seals & wrappers
packaging for electronic device
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Replace plastic grocery bags with cloth.
Replace flossers with floss.
Replace oatmeal pouches with bulk oatmeal.
Replace packaged meat with deli or meat counter meat.
Replace frozen chicken strips with home-cooked.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
individual yogurt containers
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Giving up convenience foods is the biggest change which requires both more planning and time.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I am going to see if I can have the local ice creamery pack ice cream into my own reusable containers.
My son will switch from flossers to floss.
My other son will use bulk oatmeal.
I will research ways to reduce our junk mail.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?