July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 3

Location:, Belgium

Name: Ellen and Pedro

Week: 3

Personal Info:

Week 3 – holidays at family’s house and no control over the plastic purchases :-/.

Although we didn’t do the shopping this week we tried to maintain our pledge to use less plastic. Normally we drink at least 2 bottles of water per day and throw away the plastic bottle, now we reused bottles (until they were silently replaced by our hosts).
We did our part by cleaning the plastic we found on the beach every day. Hopefully it made some people think to take their garbage to the trash before they left.

Ellen and Pedro’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Many plastic water bottles, we normally used at least 2 per person a day (blush)
Plastic bottle of cola at the airport

Total items collected: 9

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
sandwich wrap from sandwich on the plane
6 plastic water bottles

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 sandwich wraps at the airport

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
We could take lunch from home to eat on the plane and at the airport.
Next holidays we’ll take a reusable water container

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

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?
Because we checked the beach for plastic every day we did notice the huge amount of semi-degraded plastic stuck in the seaweed. A good reminder why were are taking this challenge!

3 comments
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

Great job Ellen and Pedro! I started packing sandwiches for plane trips and found using parchment paper or wax paper works really well.

Ellen and Pedro
Ellen and Pedro

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator We have been using sandwich paper without plastic already for a few years now. We're very happy with it!

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

@Ellen and Pedro Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Yea I'm surprised how well parchment and wax paper work. By the way, I'm really impressed on your guys beach clean up idea while on vacation. I think it's a great way to not only bring awareness but also to immediately help eliminate waste in the oceans. I'm currently vacationing in Barcelona and will do the same tomorrow when I visit the local beach here. Thank you for the inspiration!