June 16, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Jessica Sharp, Week 2


Maybe some cat treat recipes would be interesting to try and that way I might avoid plastic that is involved in purchasing these treats.

Location:Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Name: Jessica Sharp

Week: 2

Personal Info:

I am female, married, mostly stay at home at the moment, sometimes substitute teach, with no children yet. My husband is a computer programmer. Both my husband and I are included in this challenge.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags
Plastic from meat since we had ours put in a jar

Total items collected: 30

Total weight: 368 g

Items: Recyclable
Bottle of cat odor remover
Arby’s cup
A yogurt container
Parmesan cups

Items: Nonrecyclable
A bag of cat treats
A razor cartridge and plastic case
Plastic rings from the tops of two half gallon ice cream containers
Plastic wrap from a block of cheese
Plastic price sticker for meat that we got in our jar
Two lids and rings from glass milk products
A wrapper from a fortune cookie
A sticker telling me of a discounted price
A tag from a container of flowers
Plastic window from mail
Plastic sleeve from our checks that were delivered to us in the mail
And then the entire right hand side of the table is due to Compassion. I put on a Compassion Sunday event at my church, which is a great organization when it comes to helping children in need, but not as great as far as plastic waste (Mailing plastic, individual plastic sleeves the sponsor children packs came in, the DVD that was shown at church, etc.). I was able to get seven children sponsored, so I’m saying it’s worth it in this case, but do wish that they could cut back on the waste in some way.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The razor cartridge and plastic case: now I plan to order a safety razor that does not require plastic replacement heads
Arby’s cup: I should have just taken my water bottle.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I could refuse the fortune cookie.
I could refuse Parmesan from pizza places.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Pet stain remover/odor removing bottles for cats. I’ve tried homemade recipes such as baking soda and vinegar, but it doesn’t work anywhere near as well :/
2 milk caps with rings (we get milk in glass to cut back on plastic and to get more local milk, but we inquired about the plastic caps and they said they couldn’t change it).
Plastic price sticker for meat that we got in our jar.

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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