August 2, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Melody, Week 1

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This was a low bandaid week, usually there are many more. What’s an alternative that stays on busy kids and can be carted around in my purse?

Location:, California, United States

Name: Melody

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Family of 4. I homeschool our 2 kids.

Total items: 46

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 ziplock bag
broken parachute toy
3 tubes from quarter rolls
1 plastic bag from 3D glasses
1 bag from hair elastics
2 cheese wrappers
1 bag from meat
(all above are recyclable, bagged up with plastic bags)

1 medicine bottle #2
7 milk caps #4

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 safety seals from jars
5 rings from milk bottles
package from bath fizzy
seal and polyfluff from new medicine bottle
broken sunglasses
1 piece of bath texture
1 toothbrush head
blister pack from toothbrush head
2 bandaid wrappers (and bandaids which aren’t in picture)
3 dead markers
4 teabag wrappers
1 bacon package (not shown)
1 cream cheese foil (is this plastic lined? , not shown)

dental floss about 28 pieces (not shown)
trash bags(not shown)
4 straws(not shown)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can try to be faster saying “no straw please”. Try to ask for paper on the quarter rolls.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
bath fizzy. This was found under the sink from long ago.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Cheese. local grass-fed beef.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m not sure. We switched to a lot of home cooking to avoid packaging this year after the 8 year old and I saw “Bag It”. I feel like we’ve eliminated the easy stuff now and I’m not sure where to go next.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Drinking tea from loose tea. Getting the kids used to colored pencils, so I won’t need to replace the markers when they’re used up/ left to dry out.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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