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Location:boise, Idaho, United States
Name: jennifer patrick
I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 years. I just this week became vegan, so shouldn’t have any more yogurt containers!
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
plastic beer cup
Total items collected: 7
Total weight: 02.8 ounces
small to go box -compost, made of corn
yogurt container-#5 recycled
yogurt container lid- #5 recycled
toilet paper wrapper-trash
top of cat snacks package- trash
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’m wondering if meals eaten at restaurants are falsely thought of as “plastic free”?
I buy most of my food in bulk, and I can generally avoid plastic when grocery shopping. I think my main challenge will be plastics for dish detergent, toothpaste, coffee bags, shampoo bottles. We have a fantastic grocery store (Winco) that offers tons of food in bulk, but they don't carry shampoo, liquid soap, etc. in bulk. Unfortunately, I'm too poor to shop at the local Co-op! My current mantra is "use less".
Yay! Finally Idaho is represented. Welcome to the challenge, Jennifer! Restaurant food is not necessarily plastic-free, but it can be less plastic than eating at home since restaurants buy in bulk and therefore the packaging to product ratio is lower than many smaller individual-sized packages that you might buy for your home. The same is true of buying from bulk bins. Some foods from bulk bins come to the store in big plastic bags, but it's less plastic than many smaller ones, you know?