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April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Bizz, Week 2

 

Bizz's plastic waste

Name: Bizz

Week: 2

Personal Info:
See Bizz’s full description in her Week 1 Challenge Post.

Total items: 30

Total weight: 247g

Items: Recyclable
1 – Kellogs waffle wrapper****
2 – Shopping bag*
3 – Fruit sticker**** x5
4 – Birth control pack****
5 – Method floor cleaner bottle^
6 – shrink wrap**** x4
7 – screen trimming****
8 – styrofoam packing from gift****
9 – chip bag****
10 – grape bag****
11 – Onion package****
12 – Carrot bag*
13 – oreo cookie package****
14 – ice cream bar wrapper****
15 – tostitos bag****
16 – raisins bag****
17 – onion bag****
18 – cracker package****
19 – meat packaging****
20 – Candy wrapper****
21 – Styrofoam package****
22 – Plastic bag*
23 – Chocolate Milk Carton***

* Given to lady who crochets bags
**Reused
***#2, recycled
****Unknown #, garbage
^#1, garbage
^^ #5, garbage
^^^ #7, garbage

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 – Kellogs waffle wrapper
2 – Fruit sticker x5
3 – Birth control pack
4 – Method floor cleaner bottle
5 – shrink wrap x4
6 – screen trimming
7 – styrofoam packing from gift
8 – chip bag
9 – grape bag
10 – Onion package
11 – oreo cookie package
12 – ice cream bar wrapper
13 – tostitos bag
14 – raisins bag
15 – onion bag
16 – cracker package
17 – meat packaging
18 – Candy wrapper
19 – Styrofoam package

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Shopping bag, They sneak your purchase into a bag without asking while you pay. I have a hard time telling them to take it out again.
Fruit sticker, farmers markets.
Method floor cleaner, make my own cleaner.
Onion package, buy loose onions.
Carrot bag, loos carrots.
Ice cream bar wrapper, buy ice cream cone.
Raisins bag, buy in bulk.
Cookie package, homemade cookies.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Birth Control package – I can’t use an IUD
Meat

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Less junk food.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Chip bags

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1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Bizz. You said you have a hard time asking store clerks to take out your purchase once they've automatically put it in a plastic bag. I think most people feel embarrassed at first about asking for something different. I wrote a post on that topic a while back, and I think you might enjoy reading all the comments: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/01/do-you-ever-get-embarrassed/ Also, just recently, there was a discussion about getting store clerks to do what you ask: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/02/how-to-request-no-plastic-and-get-what-you-ask-for/ There was a big discussion on birth control sparked by another challenge participant who also included BC in her tallies. If you're interested, you might want to chime in over there: http://myplasticfreelife.com/showyourplastic/2011/01/rebecca-m-week-1/