October 28, 2010

Jon Fishbein, Ethical Ocean, Week 2

Jon Ethical Ocean plastic waste

Name: Jon Fishbein
Week: 2

Personal Info:
I’m Jon from Ethical Ocean (www.ethicalocean.com)! I live in Toronto, Canada in an apartment by myself. I travel quite a bit, and will be hauling plastic around with me for the challenge….

Total items: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic food conatiners x 4
Plastic food containers tops x 4
Small sauce container and lid
coffee cup lids x 2

Items: Nonrecyclable
Foam soup lid

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can do a better job bringing my own tupperware for food takeout at the office and home. I can also bring a travel mug with me when I travel to reduce the cup tops

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
none

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
none

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Still stuck on the takeout food while travelling. Maybe there’s some small foldable tupperware I can use.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Disposable coffee tops. I should always have my travel mug with me like I do with my water bottle.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Reducing plastic while travelling a lot is super hard. Plastic is everywhere on planes, trains, airports and train stations!

3 comments
Danielle
Danielle

I'm not an avid traveler... but after we did our plastic-free food week... I traveled to California to visit a friend and some family and wanted to continue striving to use no foods in plastic. For the most recent trip, I flew from coastal NC to LA and then I took a train to San Diego before flying back to NC.... and I managed to do it without using any plastic. The trick is planning ahead and definitely rethinking. Of course, I had my reusable water bottle and tea mug (which I didn't use)... and for the flight I brought some trail mix and nuts that I bought bulk and a banana and a couple of apples. I did have to purchase dinner in the airport (I should've packed my own)... so I searched out pizza because it comes in a cardboard box and no utensils needed :) When I was visiting my friend, we made a stop at the grocery store (Whole Foods) to get some lunch... I filled up my paper container (the non-plastic lined ones) way too much so that I would have some the next day. On the train ride, I ate my leftover lunch and an apple... and snacked on my bulk foods. I did the same thing when I flew home ;)

Hope that helps... at least a little :)