June 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A, Week 18


Location:Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Name: Laura A

Week: 18

Personal Info:

Total items: 19

Total weight: 4.25

Items: Recyclable
Woolite bottle, #2
spice bottle, #1

Items: Nonrecyclable
ice cream bar wrapper
espresso bean bag
ripped produce bag
junk mailer newspaper bag
dog food bag (paper w/plastic liner)
granola bar wrapper
grain bag
cereal bag
saran wrap
2 seals to glass jars
plastic label from glass jar
monkey band-aid
2 Gu packets
styrofoam cup

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I’ve found a bulk source for the bulgur I used to get in a bag.
That styrofoam cup and spoon resulted from a misunderstanding at the ice cream counter. Those situations frustrate me because once it’s in the cup I can refuse the cup but then it is just thrown away anyway. Some situations require constant vigilance- like making sure they don’t wrap one item at the grocery store in a plastic bag just to put it inside my reuseable bags.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
that Haagen-Daz wrapper- it was inside a cardboard box and I didn’t realize it would be in there. So not only was it packaged in plastic, it was also OVER packaged.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
The dog food bag.

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?
that cereal bag crept in from a moment of weakness- we have lots of plastic packaged foods in the house that I usually don’t eat and that’s one of them.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Now that I’m working full time I need to focus more on food that’s faster to fix or can be fixed in advance. I got way too spoiled in the food dept. from being unemployed.

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