July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Katie Dettra, Week 1



Dealing with others who think you are a nut, refusing plastic outside the home, getting over how depressing it is to see plastic everywhere. I have a hard time saying “no” to people.

Location:, Pennsylvania, United States

Name: Katie Dettra

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Young pregnant wife and mother trying to lower my waste especially my plastic usage.

Katie Dettra’s personal blog: http://lowwasteliving.blogspot.com/

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Grocery bags, produce bags, take out cups/straws.

Total items collected: 26

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
water bottle
peanut butter jar
nut jar

Items: Nonrecyclable
cheese wrappers, hair care bottles, milk caps, snack bags, coffee bags, shampoo bottles, envelope windows

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Food items, shampoo.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
snacks, take out food

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
dental floss

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
cooking from scratch.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I need to push for a loose bulk foods store to open near me.

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Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Great job Katie! I’m working on a blog post that will be up soon about my week long experience in Philadelphia during the last week of June. It was my first time visiting Pennsylvania and I had a wonderful time. However I did notice there was a lot less awareness when it comes to waste and plastic consumption so I feel your pain. A bulk store would help tremendously! I got so many stares and looks of confusion when asking if there would be any plastic or asking for no plastic everywhere I went. After visiting one food establishment on… Read more »

Hi! I love in the Philly burbs and we are sadly behind in this movement. I live vicariously through my friend in Austin, Texas’s “green” options. Thank you for your encouragement !!

I meant “live” not “love”.