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Location:Lake Balboa, California, United States
Name: Hannah Spector
Stay at home mom/freelancer- trying to minimize my overall consumption in a sane and simple manner.
Hannah Spector’s personal blog: http://consumelessdomore.wordpress.com
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags for bulk cereal and rice
Plastic jar of peanut butter
(Those were the two “new” refusals- I always use my own produce bags/grocery bags.)
Total items collected: 19
2- milk jug, dishwashing detergent container
17- plastic bags from newspapers (7,) Plastic bag from meat, plastic bag from rice, plastic from cheese. Plastic lids from glass milk containers.
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The plastic bag for the rice- definitely only buying bulk from here on out.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
OK, so my daily New York Times habit is not essential. But it feels essential. The milk- although I get whole milk and half and half in glass jars the 2% milk is not homogenized and my kids balk at it.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Reducing my dairy consumption and my newspaper habit.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic for items I can easily purchase in bulk.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I should think about asking the NYT if they can deliver my paper without the plastic wrapper- this is sunny Southern California, after all. I’m also going to look into places to get bulk pasta.
Thanks for the taking the Trash Challenge and I see you are also participating in Plastic Free July! I checked out your personal blog, Consume Less. Do More. and read your post regarding a plastic free option for your CSA. I'm really jealous as my CSA doesn't currently have this option but they do their best to avoid plastic. The plastic that is used is thankfully reused by them over and over again.