May 2, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 3


Name: Sabrina B

Week: 3

Location: Ontario, Canada

Personal Info:

Total items: 7

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 lotion bottles
gum wrapper

Items: Nonrecyclable
tea bag wrapper
granola bar wrappers (2 are not shown)
plastic cling wrap
chip bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Everything here can be replaced, with the exception of gum since gum itself is plastic. I am noticing that I am creating plastic trash by consuming items that have already been purchased and are in the house. As I finish more plastic items, I am hoping to see my plastic trash dwindle.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
everything – it’s not worth it!

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m not sure…

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Since I do not live alone, it’s hard to control my plastic as much as I’d like to. My parents do most of the shopping and cooking, so I can’t always control what they buy and how they prepare food. I also can’t ask them to save the trash for me because I need to photograph it.

Does anyone else feel nuts for doing this? I’ve been keeping my plastic in my car… gross, I know!


2 Responses to “Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 3”

  1. Sabrina B says:

    I know! I have been taking fruit and nuts for snacks, but there’s always the temptation around me to cheat! I plan to make a trip to the bulk food store once a week to buy cereal and snacks… i’m just not sure how to bring my items home without plastic bags…

  2. Beth Terry says:

    Sabrina, I think you’re doing an amazing job. This exercise is about education, and already you’re seeing that it’s the convenience foods that generate the most plastic trash, right?