January 27, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Katie M, Week 1

Katie's plastic waste

Name: Katie M

Week: 1

Personal Info:
I am a female from Metro Detroit. I live with my husband and college age daughter. I own my own business and work out of the home full time. This is plastic consumed mostly for personal use in the home. I know we consume much more plastic at work and i am consistently trying to reduce that as well, but that would require a whole other blog! (hmmm?)

(items were also used by husband, and college age daughter)

Total items: 37

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 – Liquor Bottle
1 – lid
1 – creamer bottle
1 – juice jug
1 – ketchup bottle

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 – noodle bag
1 – Clementine bag
1 – OJ carton
1 – Milk carton
1 – Grapes bag
1 – coffee bag
1 – bread bag
1 – frozen food bag
2 – cheese wrappers (for work event)
1 – creamer cap
1 – carrot bag (for work event)
1 – ketchup cap
5 – food wrappers (inner/individual wrappings)
1 – onion bag
1 – inner seal from milk or juice
1 – juice cap
1 – candy wrapper
1 – veggie rubber band
1 – film seal from cheese tub

Not pictured
3-4 granola bar wrappers
3-4 fruit/veggie stickers/tags

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
buying bulk produce like onions & oranges.
already bought coffee in paper bag.
Liquor.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
candy, frozen meat alternatives

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
juice, produce (they all have stickers, rubber bands, tags, etc)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
make more of my own snacks (granola bars),
visit more farm markets, travel farther to grocery stores that carry plastic free alt.s

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
already replaced coffee with a paper bag (plus fresh ground is soooo much better) :)
Alcohol in glass only

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
plastic is everywhere!! like a previous person taking the challenge (erin in BC)it is somewhat sad to see all the plastic consumption around me while i spend time to not bring home that extra oz. of plastic.

but, i try not to feel like a drop in the ocean and instead try to feel like that 1st step in that journey of 1000 miles.

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