February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Robin Rush, Week 1

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I am reading the book My Plastic Free Life I borrowed from Chris Reeves and I am learning a lot from the book.

Location:Aptos, California, United States

Name: Robin Rush

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Single, Female, 49. Two children 17 & 20. I only tracked the plastic that I used during the week.

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

Single use containers, such as yogurt.
I bought glass bottled beverages instead of plastic.

Total items collected: 12

Total weight: less than a pound

Items: Recyclable
None of my items are recyclable.

Items: Nonrecyclable
shreded cheese pouch
4 wrappers from Odwalla protein bars
5 plastic vegtable bags (I wont be using those anymore).
1 plastic pouch lettuce came in.
1 plastic pouch from trail mix.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Stop using plastic vegetable bags. Im going to buy a mesh re-usable bag for veggies.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Lettuce

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Buy cheese in bulk and shred it myself.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I didnt realize I used so many plastic items that were one-time usage like the vegtable bags.

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