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For personal info, see Lena’s Week 1 tally.
Total items: 14
lemon juice container
food wrap (bread, cheese, veggie ground)
plastic produce bags
take out containers
wrapping that flowers came in
What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
take out containers, plastic produce bags, saran wrap
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’m not sure. None in this week’s case.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
deodorant, food wrap (for cheese, veggie ground)
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week, it seems like most of my waste was a result of purchasing groceries for home use. While I don’t see a healthy and economical alternative to this, I’m not sure what else could be done.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
In terms of the take out containers, I used to bring my own if I knew I couldn’t finish a meal, but I don’t always carry them around expecting to eat out. I would just rather save food than have it tossed out or force myself to eat it. With regard to the plastic produce bags, I usually bring reusable bags, but somehow I don’t like putting exposed, wet broccoli or lettuce in those bags.. maybe it’s just me.
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I do like Beth and put the produce right into a cloth bag. I just launder them as needed. I found lemon juice in a glass bottle at our grocery store (still has a plastic lid, but it's a step). And of course, fresh-squeezed is a great option when time and laziness aren't barriers, as they often are for me.
Hi Lena. Well, you certainly got your plastic waste down from last week. I don't worry about putting veggies into my reusable bags. I wash the bags like a wash my clothes. And I'm going to rinse the veggies anyway. But that's me. I do like to carry a container with me always for just in case. I just found a collapsible silicone container for Jon. Maybe it would work for you too if you keep it in your purse. http://www.amazon.com/Sprouts-Eco-friendly-Collapsible-Silicone-Storage/dp/B002F9MUN4 I'm not sure how big that container is. There are others like it that I've seen.