June 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A, Week 17


Location:Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Name: Laura A

Week: 17

Personal Info:

Total items: 23

Total weight: 7.9

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
soy milk tetrapak
pour spout for olive oil
box for swim goggles
Gu packet
tuna fish packet
deli cheese bag
Clif bar wrapper
York peppermint patty wrapper
seal to glass jar
Dobie sponge part
cling wrap from starting seeds
milk jar top
seal from cottage cheese
mint tag
top of spice jar
plastic spoon
7 plastic cups

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
these Dobie sponges have to go- supposedly our pots ‘require’ them for proper cleaning but I doubt that. We still have several to get through, though.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
A stupid thing happened with all those plastic cups- there was a town-wide food tasting event and almost everything came in a little plastic cup.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
The swim goggles are about to break (and of course they are mostly plastic) and I will need a new pair. The ones I’m looking at are, of course, plastic but they have less packaging. I don’t see any way around the plastic there.

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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