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Our week 2 is more than a year after week 1. We did the challenge a while ago but I’ve been back sliding. Just want to see what we’re using.
Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States
Two adults and two children. I homeschool the kids and my partner works long hours a 35 minute drive away.
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
brought own containers to the store for many items
Total items collected: 54
paint bottle (#3)
3 cheese wrappers (bag with plastic bags and wrap)
broken food storage container (#2)
cold medicine bottle(#1)
7 other plastic bags (bread, CSA veggies, …)
wrap from gopher wire
bag from garden soil
bags and wraps can be bundled together for our curbside recycling
1 plant marker
4 milk caps and rings
1 bacon package
1 mini cheese wrapper
medicine cup (#6)
2 seals from paint botttles
2 package fronts from toy boxes
14 teabag wrappers
2 bread tabs
2 safety seal from food jars
packaging from tin snips
3 crinkly bags
bubbles bottle (found in yard)
not collected: 2 or more trash bags, unknown # of envelope windows, and dental floss.
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
we usually bake our own bread. We could get noodles from the bulk bins (though I buy a different shape. How do you get long skinny noodles out of a bin?) will try to be more gentle with frozen plastic to avoid breaking more containers.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Can skip the potato chips and individual cheese (came from a friend’s house so there was just 1)
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
plastic seals on glass food jars, milk lids (for returnable bottles)
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?
Many items came from the compost bin project, which will reduce our trash bag use. So hopefully a net gain.