September 22, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Anya, Week 1


How to get postage stamps without plastic backing?

Location:  The Dalles, OR, United States

Name: Anya

Week: 1

Personal Info:

mom, work part-time, try to cook from scratch.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
shopping bags

coffee cup

Total items collected: 16

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
yogurt tub – curbside

juice bottle – curbside

bread bag – maybe can be put in the shopping bag recyling at the grocery store.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Prune bag

Vanilla extract bottle

Grocery reciepts

Frozen juice can

Walgreens photo envelope

various food bags

Postage stamp backing

scrapbooking photo adhesive backing

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Prunes can come from bulk bins

Pasta, cereal and beans can come from bulk bins

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?
tape – not just for scrapbooking, but for all kinds of use around the house, including mailing packages.

Also, postage stamps come on plastic-coated paper.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Find recipes that use ingredients from the bulk bins only!

Be willing to bike out to Sandoz farm to buy juice in a glass jar.

Pay more for groceries.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I want to pursue bringing my own containers to Fred Meyer so that I can use the bulk bins more effectively.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have a long way to go!

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