February 10, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 23

week-23

Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 23

Personal Info:

I recently retired early and moved from Florida to Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m fortunate to live in the basement apartment of my best friend’s beautiful log home, where I have time to garden, read, cook, play with my cat, Armani, and SLEEP! Living on a budget, but enjoying some travel – and most of all the time to enjoy the slow life.

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

to-go containers (I asked for foil for some leftover chicken curry!), straws

Total items collected: 16

Total weight: 3.6

Items: Recyclable
new: milk bottle ring #4 (1), shelf wrapping #4 (1), light bulb packaging #3 (1), plastic bag #4 (2)
old: tea light holder #7 (2), blackeyed pea bag (1)

Items: Nonrecyclable
New: envelope windows (2), bouquet wrapping & food pkg (1), twist tie (1)
Old: tea bag (1), soy sauce bottle cap (1), cat treat bag (1), torn Ziploc bag (1)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Soy sauce…maybe. I might be able to find it in bulk.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Flowers – I only receive them as gifts now.

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?