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January 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Jessica in Ann Arbor, Week 2

 

Jessica's plastic waste

Name: Jessica in Ann Arbor

Week: 2

Personal Info:

24 year old, married, living with my husband and cat in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I work away from home, at an office very close to our apartment. This tally only includes plastic from me, or shared plastic.

Blog: http://shortystylee.wordpress.com

See Jessica’s Week 1 challenge post.

Total items: 13

Total weight: 4.4 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Yogurt container: #5, recycling bin
Yogurt lid: #5, recycling bin
Soda bottle: #1, recycling bin
Soda bottle cap: Aveda Institute
Bagel bag, #4, recycling drop-off center
2 applesauce cups, #7, recycling bin

Items: Nonrecyclable
Snickers Wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Yogurt tub: I have this again this week, as it was always purchased.
Bagels: I tried to buy them from the grocery bakery but they got hard very quick. I could try to make them. I actually don’t eat them, they are for my husband, but I snuck one so I had to count the bag.
Soda: yea, yea, I know.
Applesauce: I swear, I didn’t buy these and I don’t really even like applesauce. We went up north and my friend brought them and left them in our car. We’d give them back, but she lives in Colorado.
Snickers: A gift for me from a friend on our drive up north. 2 for $1 at the gas station so she bought my one.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Actually that applesauce is growing on me, I could definitely make that myself. And the bagels, since I don’t really eat them anyways.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I guess the stickers are “essential”. I could just pick and choose produce that happened to not have a sticker, but it probably just got lost somewhere.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I think I need a couple more hours in my day, haha. I might try to make some bagels though, as I have seen a couple good tutorials online.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I can definitely try not to have pop. I shouldn’t have it anyways. The applesauce, once it is gone. It will keep appearing in my plastic tallies until it’s done. I’d rather eat it than have it go to waste.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I think I need to start to work on the amount of plastic that my husband produces as well…. he is pretty good about it, but he likes to come home with treats for me from the store that are in plastic (like soda).

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