February 7, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Rebeca Irigoyen, Week 1

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Is there a place where I can get yogurt, cheese and sour cream that does not come in a plastic container or wrapped in plastic (cheese)? Also, I use a lot of sandwich bags to keep my veggies “fresh”, is there an alternative to using plastic bags for that?

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Rebeca Irigoyen

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Female, single, college student, work 12 hrs/week

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

Drinks that came in plastic cups. For example, a Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks.

Total items collected: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Salad Mix Bag
Odwalla Bottle
Petite Plastic Water Bottle
Sour Cream Container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Plastic Pasta Bags
Plastic Containers
Plastic Granola Bar Wrappers
Plastic Fork

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Water bottles
Plastic containers
Plastic Utensils

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Tortilla chips in plastic bags and sour cream.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Yogurt, sour cream, cheese.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Buy produce at a Local Farmer’s market and do not buy processed foods and stop buying processed foods.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Nowadays, it’s really hard to shop for alternative wrapping or packaging that is not plastic because it’s used for everything. Every time I would use a plastic sandwich bag I cried a little inside because I was aware that I was using a lot of plastic bags, but I was supposed to go about my days without trying to reduce the amount of plastic I was using. It’s a wake up call, and I need to start making better decisions that will not only have a good impact on me, but it will also have a great impact on the environment.