March 20, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 7

Becca's & Gordon's plastic waste

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 7

Personal Info:

Read Becca and Gordon’s full description in their Week 1 Challenge post.

Blog: http://becca.posterous.com

Total items: 7

Total weight: 0.528 pounds

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
(new)
wrapper around Wired Magazine
envelope window from Comcast to “current resident”
wrapper from cheese cut at Berkeley Bowl

(old)
wrapper from roll of quarters
floss
grocery bag for cat litter
underwater disposable camera and case

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Wrapper from cheese – We asked for a cut of cheese and brought our container, but the person included a small piece of plastic wrap. The second time we got cheese, this didn’t happen. Your new post on cheese is helpful! Only one of eats cheese, but he eats a lot of it!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Disposable camera. We’ve been embarrassed to include this on my tally, but we should develop the pictures at some point. We bought this in Hawaii while snorkeling, during the very trip that inspired us to reduce our plastic waste. The irony is not lost on us. In the future, we are more than happy to rely on our happy memories.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Floss.
Bag for kitty litter (at least until we have the space to compost it)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We have been stopping by thrifts stores to find glass jars for storing our bulk items. We use awesome cloth bags purchased from Etsy.

Planning ahead has been the key to reducing our plastic waste.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Wrapper from Wired magazine

Question…
Our department has an annual graduate student research symposium. This year, I am going to help try to make it a zero waste event. I know there are a lot of options for biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils. But, I’d really like to have reusable dishware. Suggestions?

2 comments
Becca Ryals
Becca Ryals

We are still learning about new ways to reduce our plastic, and having a lot of fun in the meantime. We can't wait until the day where we have no new plastic in the picture!

Thanks so much to you for helping us along the way and showing just how easy it can be.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Wow. The changes you've made in the last 7 weeks are amazing. Great job!