January 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Molly de Vries, Week 1

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Name: Molly de Vries

Weeks: 1

Personal Info:
My name is Molly de Vries i am the owner of Ambatalia, textiles for a non-disposable life. I am a mom of three kids and I am fortunate to be married to a beautiful man as well. We live in Mill Valley in a 8oo sq’ cottage with a dog, kitty, 5 chickens, 6 fish and a turtle. My journey towards a non-disposable life is a way for me ultimately to find peace in my life. I’m naturally unorganized. I am definitely clearing and moving toward a simpler life. By the way I am only strongly suggesting to the rest of my family to use less plastics. I have made a decision not to control of force any one to not use plastics. Hopefully I will inspire. There for I am only tallying my own plastic use for now.

Total items: 3

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
an old tupperware lid that I had to let go of. ( I realized that this was never mine (my husband used to buy these stupid containers and thank god he dosn’t any more))
Two plastic bags from some glass storage bowls I bought.
(I actually collected more than this because at first I wanted to tally the whole family.)

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
To be honest i bought these bowls at cosco. I dislike Cosco for many reasons but I saw this and at the time I thought it was cool. There are a few thing I look for when I purchase. I see where its made, what kind of packaging and what the materials are. in this case I was impressed because the glass bowls where made in the US and the Plastic lids were made in France BPA free. The price was amazing and that is why i don’t buy anything because I want the best and the best cost ya. I usually do with out but I got excited about the bowls. looking back ya there is plastic and then I open the box and of course there is more plastic. Hope fully they will last a long time. I could of passed and just bought one good stainless steel, no plasti lids alternative.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
The bowls

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Learning a new way of cooking. I think I need to take a class.I think making beautiful food that doesn’t come in packaging is an art form and takes planning which is very difficult for me.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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