May 11, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Melissa, Week 1


I can’t think of any at the moment.

Location:Loveland, Colorado, United States

Name: Melissa

Week: 1

Personal Info:

34. Work from home (much easier to avoid plastic)

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

3 grocery sacks
Coffee lid

Total items collected: 34

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Seaweed snack trays (?) the number on the bottom is in Chinese?!
Arrowhead water bottle #1
(4)Gallon water jugs #2
1 plastic produce/meat bag
2 chicken liver containers & lids (dog food) #5
1 take out sauce cup & lid #5
3 sample cups (they have no number but are the same stuff as the takeout cup)
1 clamshell from blackberries
1 bottle fish oil pills #2
1 boba tea cup #5
Our city takes plastics 1-7 for recycling, and the grocery stores accept plastic bags, including ziplock.

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 outer wraps of seaweed snacks
Saran Wrap from take out crystal rolls
Plastic sleeve from high end greeting card
2 plastic grinders from pepper mills
1 safety wrapper from pepper grinder
2 straws
2 fortune cookie wrappers
1 bread tie
Seal from goat milk carton (temporarily repurposed as cat toy)
Bread bag
Window from paper artisan bread bag
Bulk spice ziplock bag (will reuse)
Wrapper from 30lb case of turkey necks (dog food)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The produce/meat bag. The bulk spice bag.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Straws! (I just need to get in the habit of specifying that I don’t need one) I know there are glass ones, but I see no need for straws, period.
Bread. I’m not supposed to be eating it anyway.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
For me, the water jugs. I live in the boonies and our water is horrid. It’s not just the taste, it literally makes me ill. I tried doing jug refills at the grocery store but the water is so over filtered, there are no minerals or anything in it and i got sick, i need the minerals. No one delivers water to my house (I checked, wanting the five gallon jugs). I kick myself every time I buy water, but I haven’t been able to find an alternative.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Make my own crystal rolls instead of getting them take-out. Get my dogs organ meat from the butcher in my own container or buy them in bulk.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Straws. Bread wrappers. And I’ll make an effort on the organ meat.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Eventually we will run out of petroleum and we will be forced to stop using plastic!

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