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?

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?

One Response to “Plastic Challenge: maureen, Week 1”

  1. BethTerry says:

    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.