April 10, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Rik Boland, Week 3

So found out that I do not have to use big bin linners in the bin but wrap up the refuge or put it in carrier bags. So I have been eating fresh food and cooking myself meals this week, partly because of the plastic expense and partly due to needing to get extra vitamins because of ill health.

Location:Lancaster, United Kingdom

Name: Rik Boland

Week: 3

Personal Info:

Week 2 of my plastic free and waste free week

Rik Boland’s personal blog:

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

Total items collected: 3

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
3 bottles of coke

Items: Nonrecyclable
So because I bought loose food they put them in plastic carrier bags and so I have two bags that I am going to use for putting in the bin when I run out bin bags and I have finished my tooth paste and not to sure what to do with that so had to put it in the land fill bin. I am going to try and make my own maybe hemp oil and bi carb

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The platic windows in envelopes and the plastic covers on gift cards, why why why? realy silly!

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I need to put extra bags in my bag when I go shoppping.

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

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have really reduced my waste to next to zero in few weeks with thought and planning. Yes it takes kinda a lot of thinking about and I know that it will be real hard with a family. I am enjoying this!

1 comments
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

You're right about how much planning is involved in reducing plastic consumption. I must say though, it does get easier over time. So far one of the hardest things for me to give up has been delivery service. Some nights I'm so exhausted and I'd like nothing more than to have Thai or Chinese delivered. There are only a handful of restaurants that will deliver without plastic unfortunately. Thankfully, I live in a very urban environment so now I just bring my container to restaurants near my house and take my meal home. You're doing a great job, keep it up!