November 30, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 46


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 46

Personal Info:

Collecting our plastic trash for 52 weeks. See my week 1 post :)

Danielle’s personal blog:

Total items: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 chocolate syrup bottle

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 Gardein packages
1 Salami package
5 caps/rings (milks & spice)
2 seals
1 bag (from grits)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Chocolate syrup! This is horrible, but it had been in the fridge for at least 2 years!! We (obviously) don’t really use it, so I wouldn’t purchase it again. If we need chocolate syrup, then I’ll just make some :)

Lid from spices: I purchase all of my spices in bulk. Going through spices takes me a LONG time.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Grits?? I bought a cloth bag only to find out that inside was a plastic bag!! I can’t find grits (or polenta) in bulk or even in a paper bag. I’ll keep looking.

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?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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