April 29, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Bonnie Raymond, Week 0

any and all
also any suggestions on an earth friendly dish soap?

Location:Chester, Vermont, United States

Name: Bonnie Raymond

Week: 0

Personal Info:

41 year old female, married to a 39 year old male, mother to three, only my youngest child home full time who is age 16, one 23 year old male son with three children (my grandchildren) that visit each weekend for three days.

Have been reducing waste and practicing localvorism for the last year. This plastic challenge is exactly that a challenge. It is amazing how in the 41 years I have been alive how much has changed to plastic. How much more commercialized things have become.

I want back to the “old ways” no plastic, with reusable containers that are only replaced when they wear out!.

I hope to succeed in reducing my plastic consumption even more than I already have!

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I just signed up

Total items collected: 0

Total weight: 0

Items: Recyclable
Many but this is week 0 I am just starting the quest

Items: Nonrecyclable
plastics for the local center they say they take all but I believe they only use #1

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
change from plastic milk jugs bought at market to gallon glass and purchase farm fresh milk

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
any drinking container.. just give me a glass and fresh water please

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
stop shopping aimlessly

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I need to purchase a glass straw.. i love them.. and i love straws.. what a great concept!

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