February 18, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Sandy, Week 7

week-7.5

The sandwich issue. We tried to get our deli to give us our sandwich stuff in paper like the butcher but weren’t quick enough and they put it all in seperate ziplock bags. Probably need to find another deli.

Location:Mountain View, CA, California, United States

Name: Sandy

Week: 7

Personal Info:

We are very actively discussing our choices and being aware. Since we work at home, eating out is pretty important to our sanity but it seems to generate lots of plastic as take home containers. We are trying different ways of ordering amounts so we don’t have bring back.

Hard to log every week but will try to keep up. Its hard to change what you don’t measure.

Sandy’s personal blog: http://spiraljetty.livejournal.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Still refusing veggie bags at the store.
Bought the fish in paper again.

Total items collected: 27

Total weight: 1.6 pounds

Items: Recyclable
3 Bags
3 rubber bands
upcycled a coffee mate container to make a pen holder for my sweetie.

Bought a case of paper at Office Depot and it had that plastic strapping. I realized too late that I needed the strapping for straps and tossed it. oops. Next time if there is an opportunity

Items: Nonrecyclable
It makes me sad to realize that there is stuff in my pile that is not really recycleable and that I have to put in the trash.
-2 disposable lighters (oops – we coulda done that differently)
-Mcdonalds parfet container for granola – I think I can reuse the container for the yogert
-more of those plastic sticks from the food gift
-crystal light individual packs
plastic bag inside prepackaged dirty rice mix. Didn’t know it was in there.
pull off top from the coffeemate
the remainder of the coffeemate container that I didn’t use for the craft
-modge podge bottle
-4 styrofoam take out containers that I didn’t put in the photo because they were yucky and we just tossed them

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Disposable lighters – We were suggestible. A friend asked us to bring them to a party New Years party to set off fireworks. They weren’t usable anyway so the lesson was we should have just used matches and maybe a bit of rolled up paper.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
- fast food but I don’t know how to get yogert without a plastic cup.

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Have to start making the bread. We haven’t found an alternative.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
absolutely no plastic bags from now on. this is ridiculous

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We have significantly reduced but aren’t close to where we want to be. Also, I have lots of neat craft ideas but I’m committed not to go off and buy anything until I’ve used what I already have. The supplies to make stuff are packaged in plastic so its a slippery slope.