April 19, 2012

Plastic Challenge: maureen, Week 1

I live about 1/2 hr from a food co-op and other groceries, and 1 mile to the nearest bus stop.
I’ve reduced my intake of plastic, but I’m challenged by buying larger quantities of bulk. Now, I reuse plastic bags for bulk items rather than transporting containers. Any thoughts on how to make this manageable w/o reusing plastic bags?

Location:la conner, Washington, United States

Name: maureen

Week: 1

Total items collected: 9

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
salad tub pete 1 (i reuse these for produce shopping)
16oz dry roasted peanut jar pete 1
tomato tub pete 1 (reuse as above)
15oz miracle whip jar pete 1
take-out box pp 5 (reuse)
6oz yogurt pp 5

Items: Nonrecyclable
produce bag (reuse for dog poo)
cheese pkg
lid for 2 bottles

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
hmmmm

i reuse the salad mix containers when buying more salad miix

in winter i buy the grape tomatoes for their ripeness; summer i buy local w/o container

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
take-out box

dry roasted peanuts

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
essential for husband — small miracle whip

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
buying in bulk with reuseable containers — but that is cumbersome

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
take-out box

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
duh…

1 comments
BethTerry
BethTerry

Hi Maureen!  Welcome to the challenge.  Have you considered using cloth bags if you don't want to reuse plastic bags?  There are lots of options for cloth produce/bulk bags online.  ChicoBag has a lightweight hemp/cotton produce/bulk bag that I love.  http://www.chicobag.com/product/produce-stand-hemp-cotton-3Pack   ECOBAGs has organic cotton produce/bulk bags.  And many Etsy sellers offer handmade bags.  Some people enjoy making their own.