Try Plastic-Free Living —for a Week

Trib reporter couldn't do it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 2:02 PM CST
Everything in this fridge - and probably almost everything in this grocery store - is packaged in plastic.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – Plastic is getting bad press lately, so one writer decided to try living plastic-free: Could her family of four go an entire week without the synthetic stuff? Short answer: No, Trine Tsouderos writes in the Chicago Tribune. The paper diapers leaked, and finding food not packaged in plastic was a constant challenge. A greenie blogger warned her against the enterprise, saying "no one can do the whole thing in one week."

Tsouderos finally declared defeat on the sixth day, when she bought a small Dunkin’ Donuts decaf with a plastic lid, her first non-essential plastic purchase. “The coffee tastes bitter,” she writes in her journal, “and I feel guilty.” But the ordeal impresses on her just how common plastic is in our society. “I am hyper aware of plastic now,” she writes. “It’s like I can smell it.”