March 5, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Dale, Week 1

Location:, California, United States

Name: Dale

Week: 1

Personal Info:

female, married, retired

Dale’s personal blog:

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

Total items collected: 50

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
various shrink wraps
bags for buying produce
yogurt and cottage chesse containers
water bottles
large water container

Items: Nonrecyclable
coffee to go tops
prescription bottles
asprin bottles

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
water bottles

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
not very many

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
shrink wrapped items, yogurt/cottage cheese, lunch meat/cheese wraps, prescription bottles

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
reusable water bottles whenever possible
look for/shop at stores with better packaging options

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It’s very difficult to shop today without plastics.

Is it posible that because people believe they are doing a good thing by recycling, that they don’t try to find better solutions. Many people I talked to about this exercise this week, responded that they already recycle

1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Dale. Welcome to the challenge and congratulations for giving up bottled water.

I agree that many people think that by recycling, they have done their part. I hear that argument all the time. But recycling is not the final solution to the plastic problem, as I'm sure you now know.

I have some suggestions for you. There are reusable produce bags you can bring with you to the store to avoid disposable plastic ones. Check out the ChicoBag Produce Stand bags, as just one example. http://www.chicobag.com/category/produce-stand

There is a brand of yogurt available in your area that comes in returnable glass jars or ceramic pots. St. Benoit. Check out this page and click on "Central Coast" if you are located in the Santa Cruz area to find out what stores carry it near you.

http://www.stbenoit.com/html/findYogurt.html