May 2, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Anh Chi Pham, Week 1

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Location:Santa Ana, California, United States

Name: Anh Chi Pham

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I live with my parents, grandfather, and brother. Sometimes I eat what my mother cooks, but I like cooking for myself.

Anh Chi Pham’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I tried not to change my habits bc I wanted to see what I was using

Total items collected: 38

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
6 produce bags, yogurt tub, hummus and dip tub, 2 twistie ties

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 trader joes salad bags, 1 bread bag, 6 victoria secret bags (for 5 mail-ordered undies), zuchinni tray and wrapper, 2 cucumber wrappers, little dresser container, strawberry basket, two tea bags, 2 kombucha caps and wrappers, food bar wrapper, parsley tag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
i could buys loose zuchinnis at mother’s market instead, i am making my own hummus

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
i don’t usually buy undies via catalog but this was essential to get the colors i wanted, i could’ve gone to the store and maybe use less plastic…

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
it seems like the food tubs are essentail unless i decide to make everything for myself, and the food wrappers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
cook more and also bring lunch, that’s where i use lots of plastic when i eat out at places like whole foods etc

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
i will order some bamboo utensils and pack my napkins

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
i just noticed that plastic was in everything, from my cucumbers being wrapped to the twist ties in the bulk bin, to the pen that i used, to that phone that i’m taking the picture with…