March 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 15

Name: Danielle

Week: 15

Personal Info:

We are collecting our plastic trash for all of 2011. Read about our family on my Week 1 post.

Blog: It Starts With Me

Total items: 16

Total weight: 3.4 oz

Items: Recyclable

We have recycling pick up at our home. We use our service mainly for paper and glass.

1 yogurt container (#5)

1 heavy cream bottle (#2)

Items: Nonrecyclable

1 deli turkey package (for my daughter and the only organic deli meats available in my area)

2 milk jug caps (from reusable glass bottles)

3 rings from milk jug cap

4 produce tags

2 ties (from organic Romaine)

1 bag (from currants)

1 dental floss packaging

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

I can purchase dried fruit from my co-op.  They do individually package dried fruits, but I could call in advance and possibly leave a container for them to fill.  Not sure if they have currants… but honestly they’re a 2x a year purchase.  So I’m not sure it’s a big deal for me to go without if I had to.

Also, I used to be a heavy cream junkie.  Before this time, I can’t remember the last time I purchased heavy cream.  Though I don’t use it that often…. because it’s local I could call to inquire if they’ve thought about using glass (or if I could get some in glass).

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?

Dental floss and produce.  But… my farmer’s market will be reopening on April 6th and my CSA is set to start on the 13th!!!!  (I’m soooo excited!!!!)

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

Besides dairy… I’m pretty much making my own of everything…. or choosing to go without.  I’ve made yogurt, but I’ve decided to give myself a break and accept buying yogurt (for the time being).

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

Heavy cream, currants, turkey

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

This is the end of the first quarter of the year.  12 weeks straight of collecting our plastic waste.  I think I need to lay all the photos out together and figure out where to go from here…

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