February 7, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Anna Terry, Week 1



What I could use as alternatives for some of my products, since I feel that they are impossible to replace without using plastic.

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Anna Terry

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Full time student at UCSC studying Marine Biology.

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


Total items collected: 26

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1. mcdonalds milkshake cup – #5: I’m not sure how things get recycled in Santa Cruz
2. Guacamole dip tub – #7: I hope this gets downcycled.
3. Bowl from Mchenry Cafe- #7: May possibly be recycled properly by school.
4. Body Soap Bottle- #2: Not sure really

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Body Soap Lid
2. Chocolate Bars Wrapper
3. Snack Mix Bag
4. Tub of Ice Cream
5. Tub of Ice Cream Lid
6. Emergen-C pack
7. String Cheese Wrapper (2)
8. Fiber One Wrapper
9. Cleaning gloves (3)
10. Helmet instruction manual packaging
11. Corn Ship bag
12. Tea Bags (2)
13. Protein Bar
14. Granola Bar
15. Lining of cup inside Mcehnry coffee cup
16. Straw
17. Mcdonalds cup lid
18. Avocado dip cover wrap

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Could get soap bars instead of soap in plastic bottle
-Eat chocolate wrapped in paper
-Get tea leaves instead of tea bags that are stored in individual plastic wraps
-Bring own mug to library

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Don’t go to Mcdonalds
-Try not to eat ice cream when you’re sad (or stressed)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Cleaning gloves
Granola Bars
protein bars
Corn Chip Bags

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I could try not to succumb to my cravings and eat things like ice cream and fast food to reduce the plastic waste. I could also bring my own mug places.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Fast food – this was a rare thing anyway!!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Companies are the ones that really need to reduce their plastic waste, because it’s really them who needs to stop using plastic in products that don’t need it. If they changed their ways, people would be able to much more easily.

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2 years 8 months ago

If you have access, a New Leaf store might be a source of goods with less plastic: