December 5, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 48


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 48

Personal Info:

Collecting my plastic waste for 52 weeks. See my week 1 post for more info :)

Danielle’s personal blog:

Total items: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 cranberry clamshell containers (I’ll keep these to reuse)
2 bread/grape bag (#4)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 frozen pie crust bag
1 marshmallow bag
1 Pledge
2 seals (mayo/mustard)
2 produce tag/tie
1 bag (from salt water taffy)
1 gardein package
1 potato chip bag

7 pet flea/heartworm prevention

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Pledge: I bought it when I had people clean my house… I never used it and actually had it for nearly 5 years! I use a mix of olive oil, vinegar & water.

Marshmallows: I have actually made my own marshmallows for years. While it’s not a completely plastic-free thing, it would be less plastic. I’m now committing to NOT buying marshmallows.

Pie Crusts: This was a lazy purchase on my part. I know how to make pie crusts. Next Thanksgiving I will make my own crusts.

Bread: I usually buy from the bakery or make my own. I bought bread from the grocery store because we got home from a long trip at 1am … and I couldn’t get to the bakery and most certainly wasn’t feeling like making anything the next day.

Salt water taffy: Got this after a 3 hour (whale watching) boat ride. We really wanted bulk, but couldn’t find any. We’ve decided that next time, if we can’t get bulk… we won’t get any.

Potato chips: During our dinner with you… Manuel was telling me about he made jalepeà±o chips for his sister. Making potato chips has always intimidated me… but I’m going to give it a try. (Homemade would be so much better anyway!)

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?
Cranberries. I buy them once a year for Thanksgiving and I have never seen them without plastic. I chose to buy them in the clamshells because I figure that I can at least reuse them.

A few ways I reuse clamshells:

Kids puzzles
Game pieces
Giving away cherry/grape tomatoes from our garden

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Plan ahead and not take shortcuts.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
This week was from Thanksgiving. As I’m thinking back to years ago, I can recount all the plastic that I used to use to create our Thanksgiving dinner that we don’t use today. In fact, I would say that at one time the amount of plastic we used on past Thanksgivings could be equal to this entire weeks worth of plastic. Now there is just 4… next year there will only be 2. (or if I can find cranberries… zero) :)

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