August 15, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 4


Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 4

Personal Info:

I recently retired early and moved from Florida to Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m fortunate to live in the basement apartment of my best friend’s beautiful log home, where I have time to garden, read, cook, play with my cat, Armani, and SLEEP! Living on a budget, but enjoying some travel — and most of all the time to enjoy the slow life.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Plastic insert for locally brewed glass bottle of wine vinegar I bought at the Edible Food Festival. (So happy to find a local producer!)
Individual pudding cup (chocolate too!!)

Total items collected: 14

Total weight: 4.6 oz

Items: Recyclable
Milk bottle cap – #4
Plastic bag from canning jars

Items: Nonrecyclable
New: 3 envelope windows, 2 shipping tape from online DVD & book swap
Old: 1 soda bottle cap from ???, 1 cheese wrapper, 1 pickling spice envelope, 1 cat treat envelope; 1 dried fruit bag, 1 package from dishwasher detergent tabs, 1 FL expressway E-pass (going to see if I can return this to them for their re-use),

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Dried cherries – this was an impulse buy at an Mennonite “bulk” grocery, but WF and my local natural supermarket carries true bulk fruits. Cat treats – since I switched my kitty to canned (yeah, I know, BPA), the high-quality dry food I’d been feeding him has become his new “treat”. Just using up the old stash.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Cat treats – He likes a taste of people food. Spicy Thai shrimp are his favorite!!!

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Though I re-use it as much as possible, the packaging tape that some members of the online book and DVD clubs I belong to use so much it’s like getting a mummy in the mail. Guess I could switch from Swap-a-DVD to Netflix, but sometimes I want to keep the movie, or give it away, and at least this online club is recycling movies! And I don’t get more than one or two a month anyway. As for books, I use the library as much as possible, but they don’t always have the book or video I’m looking for. An e-reader? After I saw the documentary about the “blood minerals” from the Congo in our electronic devices, the fewer of these I buy, the better.

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?
dishwasher tablets in plastic packaging

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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