May 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 15

week 15

What are the best options for baking supplies, like canola oil and powdered sugar?

Location:Berkeley, California, United States

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 15

Personal Info:

Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett’s personal blog: http://becca.posterous.com/

Total items: 10

Total weight: 1.23 ounces

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
new:
tape from gift
wrap from bunch of organic bananas

old:
4 tea pouches
bag of powdered sugar
two bags reused several times for bulk items
grocery bag scavenged from litter blowing down the sidewalk, used for cat litter

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic bags for bulk items – I now have several great cloth bags, bought from a seller on Etsy. These are two old bags which we have used probably a dozen times each, but they now have small holes all over. Before we send them to the trash, we will use them once more for cat litter. Thought I’d take a picture before that happens.

individual tea packets – bulk teas are easy to get.

tape – used for a baby shower gift. We bought it last minute, and had it gift wrapped at the store.

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning ahead!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
bags of powdered sugar

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I am a bit behind on uploading my information. Weeks 16 and 17 will be posted very soon!

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