See Jane Do is a multimedia program capturing the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things for the planet. The project is based in Nevada City, CA. After interviewing me for their radio program about plastic, See Jane Do’s Elisa Parker and Jesse Locks, along with Elisa’s family took the trash challenge for one week. Elisa writes:
It was a humbling experience to say the least as my daughters and I counted almost sixty pieces of disposable, single use plastic. Jesse collected twenty-seven pieces. The plastic didn’t last long in our house but it will definitely last forever on the planet.
Read more about Elisa’s experience on the See Jane Do blog.
Name: Team See Jane Do with Elisa Parker and Jesse Locks
Total number of items: 58 in the Parker Household (family of four) and 27 in Jesse’s houshold (1 person)
What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
cups and veggie/fruit bags.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Bottled water and to go plastic cup tops.
How many of these items are from “convenience” foods that could be made from scratch with less packaging but might take more time to prepare?
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
supplements and makeup
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Bring my own cup and containers for food. Silverware.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic veggie bags in the produce section and canvas bags for shopping (not just at the market).
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
An eye opening experience! Everything at Costco and Trade Joe’s is packaged in plastic.