May 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A., Week 10


What do you do when other people give you gifts of plastic?

Name: Laura A.

Week: 10

Location: Maine, United States

Personal Info:

Total items: 20

Total weight: 8.1

Items: Recyclable
coke bottle
coke bottle- gift
sorbet container- gift

Items: Nonrecyclable
tamarind paste
cheese bag
cheese wrapper
egg noodle bag
edamame bag
Girl Scout cookies wrapper
candy bag
2 granola bars
lid from matzo meal
bag from microwaveable Indian food
noodle soup bag
cd wrap from inside cd sleeve!
package from dough scraper
8 gallon trash bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
granola bars- I have all the materials to make them myself so I will try that recipe again

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I gave in and bought new deodorant. I had been trying some alternatives and none were all that great. As it turns out I need the anti-perspirant part of the deodorant, not the anti-smell part. Other than that the cornstarch/baking soda route was working well and I may try it again at a later date.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
A few things were going on this week- a few items snuck in through other people as gifts. As a result of tearing up the kitchen to work on the cabinets I ended up eating some crap I had been avoiding.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The good news is I checked out the need for Rid-X in our septic tank (one of my items last week) and found out we definitely don’t need it so that’s one plastic item gone for good. :)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
My numbers and my overall weight are down from last week so I’m headed in the right direction.

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