September 1, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Ella , Week 1

I would like to know what to do about cucumbers. it’s hard to find them with no plastic.

Location:, Alberta, Canada

Name: Ella

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a student working as a cashier. I see people waste plastic every day, from double bagging their 2 loaves of bread, to taking a bag, for their pop. It drives me insane. I’ve been slowly reducing my plastic for a few months now. Although I’ve always tried to be mindful by bringing reusable bags grocery shopping ect.

Ella ‘s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1. Plastic bags… tons of plastic bags, and produce bags.

Total items collected: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
ziplock bag, (gift from my mom full of garden cucumbers)
cheese bag
envelopes with plastic window
junk mail (I swear the paper for some promotional thing from my bank was coated in plastic)
saran wrap (It came with the cucumbers at the grocery store.)
1. chicken pot pie lid

Items: Nonrecyclable
styrofoam tray (it came with the cucumbers at the grocery store
2 plastic tabbies (they came with my reusable bulk bags, it was too attach the cardboard to the bags. They are very small though.)
birth control container
olive oil cap with cork.
chocolate bar wrapper
olive oil wrap
plastic cap from milk bottle.
one chicken pot pie container
one plastic fork

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
the cheese wrapper, I can make my own cheese.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
junk mail…. and bills, I’m going electronic. the chocolate bar wrapper, and the chicken pot pie container. (i’ve been making my own lunches which has produced way less waste. (I use reusable snack bags, and abeego wrap.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
the cap on the olive oil, the milk cap (I’m already using glass bottle for milk and returning them to the store to be reused. This is a necesary evil. Especially since I make my own yogurt. WAY less waste. I have also been going to the farmers markets, and I’ve been refilling berries, with old plastic containers from previous trips. I have 2 of them that I’ve used 4 times now.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Start making more of my own things. Not buying my lunch etc. it’ll be hard when summer is over, I’ll have to stop going to the farmers market, and back to the grocery store. :) But I’ve found a butcher who is willing to put the meat in my containers, and I am making my own cheese, yogurt, and bread. I would like to make my own pasta. So all I’ll have to buy from the grocery store is fruits and vegetables which I can get organically, and free flowing. . I would like to can the berries this year from the farmers market.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
chocolate bar wrapper. It’s not even good for me. plastic fork, (I have reusable bamboo utensils.)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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