April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura in Maine, Week 8

Laura's plastic waste

Name: Laura

Week: 8

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

Total items: 26

Total weight: 6.3 oz

Items: Recyclable
spice bottle, #1

Items: Nonrecyclable
cortizone cream
cottage cheese
bag from deli fish
packaging from book from Amazon
wrap for lettuce
twizzler bag
steel cut oats bag
ring from inside oatmeal carton
2 plastic lined Alka-seltzer packages
instant soup mix
lid from new spice jar
pop out packaging from benadryl
3 seal rings from foods in glass jars
2 tubes and 2 packages from dog and cat flea treatment
5 parts and packaging from new door handle
straw because I forgot to request no straw

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
steel cut oats and oatmeal can be bought in bulk

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
twizzlers! I ate one out of the whole package but now I have to claim that whole dumb bag!

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
cortizone cream, the packaging for the door handle, and the pet flea treatment

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
sugar is my nemesis!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
ha, those twizzlers!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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