May 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A., Week 9


Name: Laura A.

Week: 9

Location: Maine, United States

Personal Info:

Total items: 23

Total weight: 9 oz.

Items: Recyclable
pill bottle, #2

lotion bottle, #2

rid-x bottle, #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
cheese tub

pretzel bag

soy milk box

egg noodle bag

plastic-lined soup packet

cheese wrapper

produce stickers

cap to glass milk bottle

candy bag

celery bag

lotion tube

fish vacuum pack

cranberry bag


window envelope

baking soda top and label

label from jar

wrap for onions

2 trash bags

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?
I hit my limit! That Rid-x bottle has been replaced with another plastic Rid-X bottle. It comes in a cardboard box but we would have to buy 3 boxes in non-recyclable cardboard for every 1 bottle and pay a full 2x as much. The real question is whether or not we actually need it. Since its function is to keep the septic system working properly the consequences of not using it if we really do need it could be severe. Maybe I’ll do some research.

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?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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