This was a low bandaid week, usually there are many more. What’s an alternative that stays on busy kids and can be carted around in my purse?
Location:, California, United States
Family of 4. I homeschool our 2 kids.
Total items: 46
1 ziplock bag
broken parachute toy
3 tubes from quarter rolls
1 plastic bag from 3D glasses
1 bag from hair elastics
2 cheese wrappers
1 bag from meat
(all above are recyclable, bagged up with plastic bags)
1 medicine bottle #2
7 milk caps #4
2 safety seals from jars
5 rings from milk bottles
package from bath fizzy
seal and polyfluff from new medicine bottle
1 piece of bath texture
1 toothbrush head
blister pack from toothbrush head
2 bandaid wrappers (and bandaids which aren’t in picture)
3 dead markers
4 teabag wrappers
1 bacon package (not shown)
1 cream cheese foil (is this plastic lined? , not shown)
dental floss about 28 pieces (not shown)
trash bags(not shown)
4 straws(not shown)
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can try to be faster saying “no straw please”. Try to ask for paper on the quarter rolls.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
bath fizzy. This was found under the sink from long ago.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Cheese. local grass-fed beef.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m not sure. We switched to a lot of home cooking to avoid packaging this year after the 8 year old and I saw “Bag It”. I feel like we’ve eliminated the easy stuff now and I’m not sure where to go next.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Drinking tea from loose tea. Getting the kids used to colored pencils, so I won’t need to replace the markers when they’re used up/ left to dry out.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?