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February 20, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sue Kania Betts, Week 1

 

Sue's plastic waste

Name: Sue Kania Betts

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Lower middle class part-time homemaker-husband, two kids. In Connecticut. I’ve been recycling forever, so we lived ‘normally’. Only put in my collection container what I would ‘normally’ throw away. Yikes!

Total items: 46

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 one gallon milk jugs

Items: Nonrecyclable
02 styrofoam food trays
14 plastic bags from food/vege purchased
13 shrink wraps from food purchases
03 plastic coated food labels
05 plastic safety seals
02 pieces microwave safe food wrap
06 bendy straws
01 student binder cover-pvc

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic straws

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I don’t know

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
the student binder cover?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
we can make our own icecream. two of the safety seals were securing Breyer’s all natural icecream.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
the straws.

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1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Sue. Thanks for taking the challenge. One of the first changes you might consider is skipping the produce bags. I just buy produce "naked" without any bags. Here is an article about how to buy and store produce without plastic: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/05/how-to-store-produce-without-plastic/ You can find binders without plastic. These are the ones I like: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/07/beths-big-back-to-school-binder-debate/ Also, I question the idea of "microwave safe" plastic. We know that all plastics can leach. And all plastics contain additives. It's best never to heat food in plastic. Please let us know your progress!