February 21, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Krista Exerjian, Week 1

Help finding bath amenities like face wash and face moisturizer that have less plastic packaging.

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Krista Exerjian

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a senior at UC Santa Cruz. I am participating in the Show Us Your Trash Challenge as apart of Docent Training at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of my trash challenge because my roommate mistakenly threw out my plastic collection thinking it was trash. Oh no!

Krista Exerjian’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
With the exception of the 7-11 bag, I did refuse all plastic bags offered to me at Safeway. And I refuse to use plastic bottles:)

Total items collected: 46

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Trader Joes Cilantro Wonton Bag

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 Facewash Bottle
1 Miniature Face Moisturizer Bottle
4 Tootsie Roll Lollipop Wrappers
18 Fun Size Candy Wrappers
1 Jumbo Plastic Bag for Fun Size Candy Bars
10 Cough Drop Wrappers
1 Mini Wheats Cereal Bag
1 Whole Wheat Bread Bag
1 7-11 Plastic Bag
1 Piece of Suran Wrap
1 Trader Joes Cilantro Wontons Bag
4 Starbucks To- Go Coffee Cups
1 Small To GO Soda Cup
1 Chex Mix bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could (and should) replace all the candy I ate with healthier, plastic free snacks like fruit. I could bring my own mug to Starbucks. I can get soda in a can or glass bottle instead of in a plastic bottle or to- go cup. I can replace the cereal I get with bulk granola. I can bring my own lunch instead of relying on the suran-wrapped sandwiches I buy at work.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
One time use plastic bags w/ the handles. The miniature, fun sized candies and lollipops. To-go cups for anything.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Face wash and face moisturizer! Please let me know of any good alternatives!

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Quit eating so much junkfood! This challenge really made me take a hard look at my diet. I need to start eating more fruits and veggies instead of candy and coffee!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The Starbucks Coffee Cups

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I didn’t realize how much plastic accumulates just from the tiny little wrappers. It definitely makes me re-think why I would buy everything in individual sizes when I can just buy it in bulk and then go home and divide it up.