We have decided to post weekly results for the May Challenge. Instead of monthly, then we can see more often what we need to fix. I am happy with our results, but know we can do so much better. It is good to see everything laid out, it helps to see what we really need to work on. Below is the photo from Week 2 (May 8-14) of all our plastic that we used.
Whole Grain Rice bag
2 Ice Cream Lids
1 6 pack local beer packaging
1 mail sticker backing
3 fresh veggie wrappers
2 meat wrappers
Box of packaging from shipment (not pictured, but all have Recycling #’s)
I have submitted our results to the My Plastic Free Life: Plastic Trash Challenge. Beth, of My Plastic Free Life, ask some questions when you submit your weeks tally. Here are my answers below.
What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
Lotion: I’m not buying lotion anymore when my stash runs out, I plan to make my own!
Rice: I have found boxed rice now, We are just working through our stash
1 mail sticker backing: Ordered some books from Amazon and the receipt had this with it.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
We plan to make our own cheese and beer once we have a basement or storage area – which we hope will be soon! I will also make our own ice cream once I can afford the machine.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Beer, which does have an alternative. We are looking to get a growler and fill it from our local brewery, but like I said above -we plan to brew our own in the future.
Ice Cream – summer came early in Norway, even though it has only been in the 70’s to us it is hot (read: no air conditioning in house, work, or car)
My local butcher has started pre packing down the cuts of meat we buy. They used to just have then sitting out in the counter, but now they are already in a baggie. Since it was for the food I am buying I tell them to leave it in the bag, so I can add it to my count. There is another butcher abit out of our town, someday we might take a road trip and see if they have better plastic free alternatives.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I am hoping that our farmers market gets better hours, they are the only place to buy bell peppers, cucumber and lettuce without plastic.
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I feel this week, they were all ones without alternatives in my new section. The beer, ice cream, meat and veggies are going to have to stay. If I can find better alternatives I will use them, as I am always on the lookout.
We did replace some computer equipment this week, and I can confidently say that that is a once in 5 years thing – so we can skip that next week for sure.