April 27, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 19

Name: Danielle

Week: 19

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: 9

Total weight: 2.4 oz

Items: Recyclable

1 Strawberry container (#1) <—like last week, I won’t be recycling it.

Items: Nonrecyclable

2 Gardein packages

1 “window” from ciabatta

3 styrofoam containers

2 dog heartworm medication packages

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

We were on a (1000 mile) road trip home from St. Louis.  We stopped at Whole Foods to pick up food– in our own containers– for our trip.  The one thing we couldn’t find was bread without plastic.

Styrofoam containers: We went to get hotdogs at our favorite hotdog place that wraps everything in paper.  BUT… when we got to the beach they were closed!!  So we went next door and figured because they wrap their burgers and fries in paper that their hotdogs would be too!!  You should have seen me when I opened the bag!!  It was a “wtf” moment.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

Well, we sure won’t be letting our kids get hotdogs at the place that uses styrofoam.

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

Dogs heartworm medication.

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


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

Now that we’re home, I’m back to bread with no plastic.  Either purchasing it at the farmers’ market or local bakery.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

Umm… back to the hotdogs.  My youngest son (who’s 4) said, “Kohl’s hotdogs are no good.  They come in plastic.”  Proud Mom :)

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