January 9, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 20

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Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 20

Personal Info:

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

Straws, bags, to-do containers

Total items collected: 12

Total weight: 2.8 oz

Items: Recyclable
New: 1 ibuprofen bottle (#2); 1 reishi mushroom pill bottle (#2)

Items: Nonrecyclable
New: 8 candy wrappers, 1 shipping tape/packaging, 1 meat package

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

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
The ibuprofen and reishi mushroom capsules. I have persistent foot pain and need the ibuprofen to reduce swelling and help w/the pain. And having so many colds last year, I feel like keeping my immune system boosted is essential, and the plastic from the mushroom capsules is a lot less than from cold/flu medicine packaging.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Give up travel? Ha! no way

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

2 comments
Leander
Leander

Hey, great work you're doing :). Thinking about the candy, we have candystores here (in the Netherlands) that have candy in big containers where you can scoop out the candy. Usually you put it then in a plastic bag but you can just bring a paper bag. So you might be able to find a candystore in your city. Anyway good luck with this fantastic challenge.

Eve Stavros
Eve Stavros

Thanks, Leander!! Yeah, I used to live in NL actually (Lisse, then Amsterdam) and one thing I certainly miss are the great candy shops.  Here, I don't really eat much candy, it's just when I travel that I get tempted by the local treats, like chocolate-covered licorice in Icelend! Yummy!  Thanks for the encouraging words.