December 18, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Traci Dean, Week 1


Location:St. Cloud, Florida, United States

Name: Traci Dean

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m at stay @ home wife and mother of, now, grown children. The baby graduated in May and just recently flew the nest. My husband is an avid writer, martial artist, defensive tactics instructor, retired military and soon to retire law enforcement officer. We have two grandsons under the age of one. I am an ocean lover, reader, baker and chef (unprofessional) and we try to eat meatless as much as possible (we’re at least 90/10). I’ve decided now that the children are living separate lives it’s time for me to start pursuing my loves of the “non-human” origin (LOL) Time to start focusing on healthier lives and bettering things around us and Mother Earth. I stumbled upon this challenge via Pinterest and set out to make this my first step.

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

I took my own reusable bags to the stores, to include Lane Bryant, JC Penney and even Walmart. I haven’t used produce bags at grocery stores in almost a year so that was no issue for me. Also, we ate out (vegan) one night this week and I took reusable storage, in my purse, in case we had left overs. (People sure look at us weird but I thank my husband for his support in this effort).

Total items collected: 21

Total weight: Unknown

Items: Recyclable
*Coffe-Mate creamer container 35.3oz= (Recycle #2) (Not pictured in photo)
*Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt 17.6oz (R-5)
*Dixie 3oz Dual Size Cup Dispenser/that contained the cup holder itself (R-unkn)
*Badia .5oz Rosemary baggie (Recyclable but # unkn)
*Marshmellow Fluff jar 16oz (R-5) (Not pictured in photo)
*Marketside Baby Spinach container 5oz (R-unkn)
*2 Pampered Chef bags that were given to me, with items in them (Claim to be recyclable but unkn #)
*5 plastic bags that Pampered Chef items were sealed in (Claim recyclable but unkn #)
*1 mini plastic bag that my eye contacts came in (Unkn #)
*1 Mini grocery bag from a roadside market because I forgot my reusable (R-5)
*3oz plastic Bathroom Disposable Cup (R-5)
* Plastic lid to a soda pop bottle that I found (R-Unkn)
*Plastic Ring from an Olive Oil Bottle
*Flour Tortilla Bag
*Top to a battery package
*Food Storage Bags, bag

My city gave us large, heavy-duty garbage cans to put all recyclable items in, with the exception of plastic grocery bags because our local grocery and box stores have recycle containers outside the stores, for the bags. We are able to put plastic containers, cardboard boxes and aluminum in our recycle containers and they pick up weekly.

Items: Nonrecyclable
*3oz plastic Bathroom Disposable Cup (R-5)
* Plastic lid to a soda pop bottle that I found (R-Unkn)
*Plastic Ring from an Olive Oil Bottle
*Flour Tortilla Bag
*Top to a battery package
*Food Storage Bags, bag

I do not know what our city does with items that are non-recyclable but intend to find out.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I will buy loose spinach from now on because I visited another store that sold it, unsealed/container-less.
I’ve switched to
paper cups for the bathrooms.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
In my current items listed? None. However, we do often find uses for our plastic containers such as the Coffee-Mate, Marshmellow Fluff and out of the 2 Spinach containers I had, I am able to reuse one for office stuff. We don’t often eat the Fluff but we had the family over making cookies etc for the holidays. Coffee-Mate my husband uses daily and won’t use Almond Milk so until there is a known replacement-I’m stuck. Same with the occasional Greek Yogurt container.

Grow more of my own herbs.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Fage Total Greek Yogurt

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I think we’ve been doing small changes over the last year and hope that this challenge encourages bigger changes.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Pre-washed Veggie/Fruit Containers and again, store bags.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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