May 2, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 2

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Name: Sabrina B

Week: 2

Location: Ontario, Canada

Personal Info:

Total items: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Hand lotion bottle

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 cookie packages
1 bag of potato chips
2 single cookie wrappers
bag of pretzel snacks
luna bar wrapper
plastic wrap
2 envelope windows
weird triple highlighter
cereal bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can easily replace the lotion, cookies, plastic wrap, cereal bag and luna bar.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
highlighters and chips are not needed.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
none

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
going to the bulk food bins to get cereals and snacks for work.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
cookies – I am eating breadsticks instead which come in a box.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I don’t think it’s fair that I am claiming the highlighter thingy this week. I found this highlighter in my new desk at work and it is now dried up. I used it for a few weeks, so I guess it does belong in my plastic pile…. I’m not sure.

Question…
Free samples are the devil of plastic trash. I went to a trade show this week and was given many single serve samples of cookies, pretzels, chips, and the luna bar.

1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Ah, those free samples. Hard to resist. But really, the only way to let companies you don't want that crap is to refuse it. The highlighter -- it's up to you. You make the rules for yourself about what to count and what not to. But since this exercise is all about education and not blame, it doesn't hurt to claim more thing, even if they are not your "fault."