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Is there a way around plastic milk containers?
Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States
Name: Gina M
female with 3 roommates, work away from home (and have to buy food supplies for job)
Gina M’s personal blog:
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic water bottles, plastic utensils
Total items collected: 15
Lots of grocery bags
frozen chicken bag
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
frozen chicken (possibly?)
cheese (I usually don’t get the individually wrapped kind, but when I went shopping a few weeks ago it was the only one :( )
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
“snack sized” bags
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
eye drops/contact solutions, milk, medicine
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Simply remembering to bring reusable grocery bags with me all the time can help cut out a lot, putting my lunch in a reusable container instead of a bag
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Grocery and produce bags
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I never really realized just how much plastic is around us everyday until doing this challenge…
Gina, you can get Straus organic milk in returnable glass bottles. There is still a plastic cap, but at least the milk is not encased in plastic. Check this site to find stores that carry it near you: http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/?section=Stores For me, Straus is better than paperboard milk cartons, which are lined inside and out with plastic and which are very difficult to recycle.