April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura in Maine, Week 7

Laura's plastic waste

Name: Laura

Week: 7

Personal Info:
See full description in Laura’s Week 1 Plastic Challenge post.

Total items: 33

Total weight: 8.5 oz

Items: Recyclable
pill bottle, #2
supplement bottle, #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
Oreo package
coffee package
pretzel bag
candy bag
soy milk box
8 plastic-lined Alka-Seltzer packages
2 plastic-lined saline solution packages
2 bags from King Cake
rice bag
egg noodle bag
wrapper from tea box
lip balm
toothbrush packaging
pour spout from soy sauce
ring from milk bottle
plastic label from glass salsa jar
spice bottle lid
plastic-lined bag from soup mix
wrap from candy
ripped produce bag
one 8 gallon trash bag
produce stickers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
saline solution pkgs- it’s just baking soda and salt
rice can be purchased in bulk

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
theoretically those Oreos but once they’re in the house they just seem to get eaten!

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
the plastic tops to spices- even the glass jars have plastic tops. I’m going to check out the bulk spices next time we go to the co-op.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I seem to be addicted to sugar.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
rice in a bag- has been replaced with bulk

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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