April 16, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Rik Boland, Week 4

So I have run out of shampoo/shower gel so I am using some shampoo soap, but wow twas expensive!

Location:Lancaster, United Kingdom

Name: Rik Boland

Week: 4

Personal Info:

Rik Boland’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
As usual I’v been shopping at the market and getting my fruit and veg and I have taken my own carrier bags and re used them. The sad thing is I got a punnet of strawberries and one of grapes and they came in plastic containers and for some STUPID reason they are pre bagging the carrots but I needed the carrots

Total items collected: 3

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
So I have stopped drinking Coca-Cola (See killer coke website for more information) so I started to drink Ubuntu cola it cheaper and is certified fair trade. So I have put three empty bottles in recycle box.

I have come to end of some cleaning chemicals so have put them in recycling. Was going to try and reuse them but tbh I was lazy.

Items: Nonrecyclable
I watched a documentary on TV and it said tin cans had plastic in (this I never knew) so I hope that the plastic in them gets recycled.

The sleeve of the magazine I buy was giving away free socks, so that came in a plastic cover.

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

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?
Cleaning chemicals ie washing up liquid bottles and anti bacterial spray. I gonna try re use them.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
So I have noted that alot of my gadget and even my kayake is made up of plastic. I cant replace them because they still work and I up cycle some my gadget ie laptop I wait till they come up on free-cycle type website then replace the OS with Linux

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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

Great week 4 Rik! I'm curious; does your bar shampoo mention around how many uses each has? I'm about to make the switch to bar shampoo as well. Another option, is washing your hair with about 1 teaspoon (depending on how much hair you have, you can use more baking soda) diluted with water. Then, you can rinse your hair with   apple cider vinegar also diluted with water. Again, it depends on how much hair you have but for my shoulder length hair I use about 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar. I'm going to start switching back and fourth between these two methods (baking soda + apple cider vinegar and bar shampoo) and see how my hair reacts.