February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Susie Ngan, Week 1

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Location:, California, United States

Name: Susie Ngan

Week: 1

Personal Info:

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

Plastic bags
Plastic utensils
Body wash bottles
Orange juice containers
Condiment sauce containers

Total items collected: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Recycle #1:
1. Simply Orange bottle
2. Persian Cucumber box
3. Plastic soda covers (2)

Recycle #2:
1. Tide detergent
2. Odwalla juice bottle
3. Subway plastic bag
4. Trader Joe’s limeade

Recycle #6:
1. Subway soda cover

Recycle #7:
1. Greenware cups (3)
2. Greenware cup cover (3)

Recycle #8:
1. Coffee cup cover

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Straws
2. Plastic Bags

Not sure how these things get recycled, but I believe they will recycle all of the plastic I have in this bag.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic cups are easily replaced. As well as plastic sandwich bags, and straws

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Plastic sandwich bags, plastic cups, vegetables that are packaged in plastic, plastic straws.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Everything I have is esstential, but there are plastic free alternatives for all of my items like laundry detergent.

I really like drinking Odwalla, but they package their fruit blends in plastic.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
-Bringing your own re-useable cups
-Using re-useable containers to pack lunch instead of using plastic sandwich bags
-Not worry too much about brand names and choose non-plastic alternatives.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?