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February 27, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Amanda, Week 1



I noticed that I use a ton of ziplock bags to keep food fresh between uses. Any suggestions?

Location:santa cruz, California, United States

Name: Amanda

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a female college student living in a house with three other girls.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

candy with plastic wrappers,

Total items collected: 35

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
milk jugs, some plastic bags, yogurt containers

Items: Nonrecyclable
ziplock bags, red solo cups, candy wrappers, milk cartons, plastic wrap.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
ziplock bags with tupperware

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
drinks that come in plastic containers

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
liquids (milk/OJ), food goods, beauty products

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Shopping at costco would be very hard

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
candy wrappers

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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Eve Stavros
Eve Stavros

Amanda - I wash & reuse my plastic zip-storage bags, but only for raw veggies now, and haven't bought any new ones in almost four years.  BUT, I've made some lightweight cotton bags which I use for the same purpose and they work as well, so when the zip bags die, they're not getting replaced.  Tupperware, or other hard plastic containers are not good for food - yes, they keep it fresh, but then you've got the problem of chemicals leaching into the foods and that's not good.  The best option is glass  - for free, save and use wide-mouth jars from olives, mayo, spaghetti sauces, etc.  For cheap, you can sometimes find covered glass casseroles (large & small) at thrift shops.  Beth & plenty of other posters have ideas on this, if you search the site for "storage" or "glass".  Also, see the Zero Waste Home Blog to see how one woman does it all in glass, from shopping to storage, even fresh meats & fish!

  Good luck.