April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Alexa, Week 1

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My big issue is that I eat a lot of yoghurts, most of the time it´s hard to find them by gallon or by quarter son when big sizes aren´t available I need to buy them in their small presentations.
At Dominican Republic the recycle mind is still very low, now a days some companies are encouraging to promote the behavior but is really hard when most of the food to go in the country is sold in the plastic containers that generate an incredible amount of waste, and is a shame that you can see all that waste spread around the country, in the highways, in the street, at the beach… everywhere.. Definitely is a lack of awareness regarding our environment at this country.

Location:Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Name: Alexa

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Female.
Work away from home most 50% of the week and the other 50% from any place connected to internet.
Living with 3 dogs and my husband.
NO children living with us.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

plastic bags
plastic cups

Total items collected: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
none
but now the plastic bottles can be collected by a company to be recycle

Items: Nonrecyclable
yoghurt plastic cups
water bottle
peanut bag
water lid

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
several yoghurt cups could be replace by 1 yoghurt of bigger size
water bottles could be replace by using 1 crystal pitcher

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?
25L water lids

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
only to look more carefully for the options available instead of plastic ones

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
yoghurt cups

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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