February 10, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Jessica in Ann Arbor, Week 4

Jessica's plastic waste

Name: Jessica in Ann Arbor

Week: 4

Personal Info:

24 year old, married, living with my husband and cat in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I work away from home, at an office very close to our apartment. This tally only includes plastic from me, or shared plastic.

Blog: https://shortystylee.wordpress.com/

See Jessica’s Week 1 challenge post.

Total items: 6

Total weight: 1.0 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Soda bottle: #1, recycling bin
Soda cap, Aveda Institute

Items: Nonrecyclable
4 produce/fruit stickers
Plastic from bouillon jar
Broccoli tag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Soda: I have a couple of glass jars that I used over again to make single serving iced tea… I just need to get in the habit of choosing that instead of something else.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I have to keep trying to give up the soda, or just learn to be happy with maybe only having it in restaurants.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I guess the stickers are “essential,” at least until Michigan gets warm again and starts growing more veggies. I won’t really worry about these anymore once it gets nicer outside.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
See above

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The soda is the only real thing that is replaceable. I do have some iced tea made up in the fridge.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Four weeks of plastic trash are over! I’m a little bit relieved to not have to figure out when we’re taking out the recycling (who am I kidding, we procrastinate a TON on that). I don’t plan on keeping up with the recording, but maybe it’d be a good thing to do a couple times a year, just to keep myself in check.

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