September 15, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Christina S., Week 7

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Location:Los Angeles, California, United States

Name: Christina S.

Week: 7

Personal Info:

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

Farmers market bag
Takeout container and straw at restaurant
Bulk item bags at natural foods store

Total items collected: 21

Total weight: 10.65 oz

Items: Recyclable
Prenatal vitamins bottle
Sour cream container
Parmesan cheese container
Margarine spread tub
Mayonnaise bottle
Vanilla extract bottle

Items: Nonrecyclable
Newspaper tie
Newspaper bag
Packing tape
Cap from glass milk bottle
Clif bar wrapper
Pasta bag
Cheese wrapper
Pasta box window
Almonds bag
Half and half carton (used to make homemade ice cream)
Styrofoam container, plastic utensils and bag, all from dinner delivery. At least the main entrée was in a paper container.
Frozen veggie burger wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
vanilla extract

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Margarine spread

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?