May Challenge: Week 3 Plastic Results

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 3 (May 15-21) of all our plastic that we used.

Week 3 we used/collected 11 items equaling 109 grams / 3.8 ounces total.

cooking syrup container
prescription for thyroid
cheese wrapper
spaghetti wrapper

Knife packaging
Ice Cream Lid
4 paprika/bell pepper shrink wraps
Packaging from new handmixer

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?
Spaghetti – but I have trouble rolling it thin enough, so I have promised the man no more homemade spaghetti till i buy the proper machine. Saving time!

Ice Cream – Need to save for this machine too. I would love to make my own ice cream and know what is in it!!

Cheese – we have a dorm sized fridge, but are getting a bigger one soon(ish) so then I can buy a whole wheel of cheese! Plus I am learning to make my own!

Cooking Syrup – this is from a stash I have from making marshmallows over Christmas. I have since though learned to make my own, which is very easy!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
this week we are somewhat down to the line, I guess I could have bought my new mixer used.. but i wanted a warranty with it.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Thyroid medication – over the last few years my thyroid has went kapoot! So now I have to take meds 🙁 I am trying to / hoping to fix the problem with better foods though.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week I did make it to the farmers market, that helps alot. I just need to be more disciplined to get up on saturday to make it before they close.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
cooking syrup – especially since i know how to make it now

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
After watching what we were taking into our house for so long before joining the challenge, I am still shocked at how much we have every week. I really had thought we were doing so much better, glad for the challenge since it has opened my eyes to the reality.

So what do you think? Are you ready to join in the challenge?

What do you think?