February 7, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Melanie Smith, Week 1

plastic_challenge

Location:Foster City, California, United States

Name: Melanie Smith

Week: 1

Personal Info:

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

Wrapper on tofu
Spout on almond milk
Safety seal on vitamins
Safety seal on lozenges
Vitamin bottle

Total items collected: 5

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Vitamin bottle

Items: Nonrecyclable
Wrapper on tofu
Spout on almond milk
Safety seal on vitamins
Safety seal on lozenges

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Find lozenges and vitamins without the extra plastic safety seal.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Lozenges

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Tofu- seems to always come packaged in some type of plastic for sealing it.
Almond milk–spout is always plastic, but the rest of box is recyclable non-plastic materials

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Didn’t have much, but could could change what brand of vitamins I buy, quit lozenges, and make my own almond milk instead of buying it.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?