February 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 2

Becca's & Gordon's plastic waste

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 2

Personal Info:

Read Becca and Gordon’s full description in their Week 1 Challenge post.

Total items: 9

Total weight: 0.312 pounds

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
-large bag of cat food
-pouch of tuna
-frozen bag of corn
-frozen bag of stir fry veggies
-window envelopes from junk mail
-wrapper for roll of quarters
-produce stickers (2)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Almost all! Most of our plastic waste from week 2 was stuff we had before we started the plastics challenge. Unfortunately, we still have some disposable plastics in our cupboards and fridge. We are reusing as much as possible (for example, we use an old bread bag for homemade loafs!).

I called Discover and Southwest to ask them to stop sending me mail. For some reason, Southwest said that it would take 90 days to get me off the list!!!!

Next time we buy cat food, we’ll look for cat food in paper bags. We often get Wellness canned wet food for the cats. We’re aware that the cans are probably lined with BPA. We’re interested in trying to make our own cat food.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
We’re giving up frozen foods! All the plastic food items this week are from purchases prior to the plastics challenge.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
We need quarters to do laundry. Both of our banks only provide quarters wrapped in plastic.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We have to rethink how our cats eat.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It’s funny to ask for a vegan milkshake with no straw.

How do you account for indirect plastic use? For example, Cinnaholic in Berkeley makes the most delicious cinnamon buns with several choices of toppings. One topping is vegan marshmellows, which come in a small plastic bag. Even though I will only be consuming a few marshmellows, I’m responsible for driving the demand for them.

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