May 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A., Week 12



I’m looking into (portable) alternatives to Gu.

Name: Laura A.

Week: 12

Location: Maine, United States

Personal Info:

Total items: 10

Total weight: 2.8

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
chickpea bag
egg noodle bag
cold medicine packet
emergen-c packet
soy milk box
seal to glass jar
2 produce tags
sku labels for pipe insulation
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The chickpea bag is a leftover- I’ve been buying bulk.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’m looking into (portable) alternatives to Gu.

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

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?
egg noodles- I have learned how to make my own so I don’t have to buy the bag.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
This is 2 weeks worth of plastic (weeks 12 and 13) but for 6 days I was out of town using huge amounts of plastic, directly and indirectly. None of this plastic was weighed or photographed. I was helping to fix up a condo and the amount of plastic thrown away was incredible- cartons and wrappers, paint rollers, paint trays, tags, tape, etc. So even though my week 12 plastic use was lower than it’s ever been it was offset by week 13. I tried my best while I was there but it was like fighting a wave of plastic and single-use items. A real low point of the trip was eating Pringles out of a single serving plastic cup. It made my stainless steel water bottle and reuseable sandwich wrap seem pretty silly.

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Whole Foods has jelly beans in the bulk section, or mine does. Other candy stores do too I guess.

If recharge or one of those electrolyte drink makers sold them in a fully recyclable container you could scoop from I’d buy that.

Gu is a (plastic) packet of gel that is full of carbs and electrolytes. I’m a runner and I use it on long runs. You can get a lot of the same stuff from sports drinks but then you have to drink quite a bit (and of course deal with the packaging of the drink, even if you get powder and make it yourself). You can also eat stuff like jelly beans or gum drops but they also come in plastic.

What is GU?

Has anyone come up with a good Emergen-C/electrolyte replacement? I work outdoors & after awhile water no longer is enough. I’m using nuun hydration tablets right now – plastic tube. Non-recyclable top.