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?

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

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 Responses to “Jon Fishbein, Ethical Ocean, Week 2”

  1. Danielle says:

    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 :)

  2. Taina Uitto says:

    Looks like an easy fix! Nice job!

  3. Beth Terry says:

    Hey Jon, here’s a silicone collapsible container. Is this what you mean? http://www.amazon.com/Sprouts-Eco-friendly-Collapsible-Silicone-Storage/dp/B002F9MUN4

    I love my stainless steel travel mug. In fact, I use it instead of a water bottle. And now, it’s just a habit to make sure I always have it with me. It just takes practice.