May 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A., Week 9

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Name: Laura A.

Week: 9

Location: Maine, United States

Personal Info:

Total items: 23

Total weight: 9 oz.

Items: Recyclable
pill bottle, #2

lotion bottle, #2

rid-x bottle, #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
cheese tub

pretzel bag

soy milk box

egg noodle bag

plastic-lined soup packet

cheese wrapper

produce stickers

cap to glass milk bottle

candy bag

celery bag

lotion tube

fish vacuum pack

cranberry bag

Gu

window envelope

baking soda top and label

label from jar

wrap for onions

2 trash bags

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?
I hit my limit! That Rid-x bottle has been replaced with another plastic Rid-X bottle. It comes in a cardboard box but we would have to buy 3 boxes in non-recyclable cardboard for every 1 bottle and pay a full 2x as much. The real question is whether or not we actually need it. Since its function is to keep the septic system working properly the consequences of not using it if we really do need it could be severe. Maybe I’ll do some research.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

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?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

1 comments
Maddie
Maddie

Hi Laura,

First of all...I am NOT a septic tank expert. How ever, I am wondering if the Rid-X is a marketing ploy. I grew up in my family home which had a septic tank. As I recall, I remember only once a plumber coming out to check out the septic tank (perhaps there were more times and I just don't recall). And that may have been only a maintenance issue, I don't remember any a nasty icky events. We never added any products to the septic system and I'm not sure if any existed at the time. I agree, research septic tank maintenance, you may not have to buy any of that stuff.