January 31, 2011

Danielle, Week 6

Danielle's plastic waste

Name: Danielle

Week: 6

Personal Info:

Me again ;) Read about our family on my Week 1 post.

This week is different than the previous weeks because my husband and I went to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. My mom watched our kids from Friday to Monday. (I keep track of our plastic waste from Sunday to Saturday) So this week on Friday and Saturday doesn’t include my kids, but does include (unphotographed) plastic from our trip.

Total items: 16

Total weight: .9 oz **not including non-pictured items

Items: Recyclable
Those numbers don’t mean a thing.

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 lid from cocoa powder
2 milk caps (from glass milk bottles
3 rings from milk caps
2 produce ties
1 debit card

Sundance Film Festival Trip: (Friday and Saturday)
4 cups from drinks (from lunch and a party)
1 sandwich container
1 plastic wrap (from hotel)
1 tea bag wrapper

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The cocoa powder. I think that I can (possibly) buy it in bulk… if I can I will.

The items from our trip were kind of hard to avoid. I personally don’t use plastic wrap… but when the hotel left us chocolate covered strawberries, I wasn’t going to turn them away.

We buy bulk tea… I haven’t figured out how to travel with that… any suggestions?

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?
Debit card. (this was a silly mistake…I left my purse in the hotel room..oops!!… so we cancelled my card just to be safe.)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
If we go to the festival again next year, I’ll know what to expect.

We got the sandwich in a plastic container because we were shuttling around to different films and were unable to sit down for lunch.

The cups from lunch were a bummer. We did our usually of requesting no straws, so when our waters came in disposable plastic cups we shook our heads because we had our reusable water bottle with us.

At the party, drinks came in plastic cups. Since this was a once in a lifetime experience… I accepted two drinks. (I don’t see this happening again for a long time ;) )

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Everything that we used while out of town.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Aside from the plastic that we used on our trip, I’m really thrilled with our lack of plastic use this past week. On our trip, we definitely used things that we normally don’t. I did pack all of our own snacks and reusable water/coffee/tea mugs for our trip… which eliminated a lot of plastic.

Even planning ahead, I ran into times when I couldn’t get around plastic. I refused plastic when I could, but tried not to focus too much on it…

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