February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Helen Wight, Week 1

Plastics

Reducing plastic bag use… using paper in grocery stores/farmers markets for produce etc

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Helen Wight

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Live in a small house with husband and three year old.

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

Plastic bags for fruit
Single use food pouches for my son
Plastic water bottles

Total items collected: 37

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Water bottle, Yogurt carton, 3x grated cheese containers, 2 x plum tomato containers, vitamin bottle, rest plastic bags or plastic covers (e.g. over the tea bag box!)

Items: Nonrecyclable
All plastic bags and plastic wrappers!

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Buy produce in paper or by themselves… or cloth bags.
Straws .. replace w/ paper… or don’t use

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
All single use items
Stop using plastic straws

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Vitamins seem to only be purchased in plastic bottles.
Cheese hard to find not wrapped in plastic…. at least I think plastic tubs are recyclable

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Shop farmers markets…

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Buying tomatoes in plastic containers

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Using cloth where possible.. possibly buying more bulk produce

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