March 3, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Rhiannon, Week 3

Where – in the UK – do you buy basic foods not in plastic? My local health food stores still sell almost everything in plastic wrappers.

Location:Leeds, United Kingdom

Name: Rhiannon

Week: 3

Personal Info:

Nothing’s changed.

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

Carrier bags.

Total items collected: 27

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 Coke bottle
1 Abel and Cole cherry tomato punnet

Items: Nonrecyclable
23 items of food packaging – tofu, nuts, bread, snack bars, lids, etc.
1 bag which arrived as wrapping on a book.
1 envelope window.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
If the book had been in print, I could have bought it in a shop, refused the carrier bag, and had it plastic-free.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Food.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Good question. Anyone got any ideas?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I’m not going to buy any more snack bars (once I’ve used up the ones in the cupboard).

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We haven’t tided up recently – I’m sure we’ve used up plastic this week which hasn’t made it into the stash.

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