May 31, 2012

Plastic Challenge: jennifer patrick, Week 1

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Location:boise, Idaho, United States

Name: jennifer patrick

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 years. I just this week became vegan, so shouldn’t have any more yogurt containers!

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

plastic beer cup

Total items collected: 7

Total weight: 02.8 ounces

Items: Recyclable
small to go box -compost, made of corn
yogurt container-#5 recycled
yogurt container lid- #5 recycled

Items: Nonrecyclable
toothpaste tube-trash
toilet paper wrapper-trash
tortillas wrapper-trash
top of cat snacks package- trash

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

toilet paper

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
vegan

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’m wondering if meals eaten at restaurants are falsely thought of as “plastic free”?

2 comments
Jennifer Patrick
Jennifer Patrick

I buy most of my food in bulk, and I can generally avoid plastic when grocery shopping. I think my main challenge will be plastics for dish detergent, toothpaste, coffee bags, shampoo bottles. We have a fantastic grocery store (Winco) that offers tons of food in bulk, but they don't carry shampoo, liquid soap, etc. in bulk. Unfortunately, I'm too poor to shop at the local Co-op! My current mantra is "use less".

BethTerry
BethTerry

Yay!  Finally Idaho is represented.  Welcome to the challenge, Jennifer!  Restaurant food is not necessarily plastic-free, but it can be less plastic than eating at home since restaurants buy in bulk and therefore the packaging to product ratio is lower than many smaller individual-sized packages that you might buy for your home.  The same is true of buying from bulk bins.  Some foods from bulk bins come to the store in big plastic bags, but it's less plastic than many smaller ones, you know?