January 23, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina L, Week 1

Sabrina's plastic waste

Name: Sabrina Lutes and family, 2 adults and 1 2-year old

Week: 1

Personal Info:

We live in Gainesville Fl, my husband is into finances and programming, I am a stay at home mom whose been into natural living for awhile. Since we have always recycled, plastic usage never came under our radar. I assumed, if it was organic, local etc. that’s what mattered because most was being returned to become something else. Then I started reading, and now I realize I was absolutely mistaken, plastic is not good. It may have some applications that do make it a better choice, but mostly not.

Total items: 89 – all I can say is wow

Total weight: 4.8 oz

Items: Recyclable
1- herb bag (no number but says recyclable?)
1- produce bag (2)
2- yogurt containers (5)
3- deli containers (5)
1- milk container (2)
1- 1 gallon coconut oil container (2)
1- water bottle (1)
1- takeout container (6) (5)
2- compostable spoons (2)
1- coconut milk tin can
1- cupcake cups package (1)
3- meat plastics
1- styrofoam meat container, no

Items: Nonrecyclable
2- deli meat bags
1- sandwich bag
1- produce bag
2- cheese wrappers
2- saran wrap style
1- gauze box, cardboard but glossy and no recyclable information, probably coated in plastic
1- finger splint box, same as above
1- ibuprofen box, same as above
1- noodle
bag2- cracker bag
3- cutlery
1- blister wrap
1- styrofoam wrap
1- chip bag, publix
2- Mochi cups, I think they have plastic coating, the company hasn’t written me back to say either way
1- cereal bag
1- plastic casing for finger splints
2- ziplock bags
1- cracker bag
1- carrot bag
2- seasoning mix bags
1- publix sub package
1- waffle box, looks like it’s coated, but maybe not
1- food processor body, oh why! It got melted by the oven, oh a total waste.
4- frozen vegetable bags
3- mail envelope plastics
1- toothbrush wrapper
3- Saran wrap style
1- produce tie with large tag
3- glass container lids with plastic coating
2- misc lids
6- pieces of misc plastics, small ones
1- styrofoam meat container, no Number
3- meat packages

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I want to work on the yogurt cups
We typically don’t buy deli meats
Talked to the meat people about paper wrap
Ziplock was a fluke, we’ve been out of those, but someone gave us bread in them
Coconut oil

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Bread packages
Cutlery
Take out containers

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I’m going to try to replace my food processor with a used one, but it’ll be tough without it
Meat is tough, we have been vegetarian and did not fair well. I feel that plastic covered grass fed local meat would be continued maybe in less amounts maybe. I will try to figure it out though.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Learning to make yogurt

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Frozen fruit packages, I’ll only get fresh in season

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
All I can say is wow! What a learning experience.

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