November 25, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Tom G, Week 1

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Location:Lincroft, New Jersey, United States

Name: Tom G

Week: 1

Personal Info:

My name is Tom and I’m 25 years old. I currently live with my girlfriend Kate and our dog molly.

Tom G’s personal blog:

Total items: 32

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1. Medication Bottle (5)
2. Take Out Soup Container (5)
3. Cherry Tomato Container (1)
4. Take Out Entree Container Lid (6)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Sandwich Bag
2. Black Bean Packaging
3. Pear Packaging
4. Oranges Packaging
5. Cereal Packaging
6. Cereal Packaging
7. Pasta Packaging
8. Online Delivery Packaging
9. Online Delivery Packaging
10. Online Delivery Packaging
11. Online Delivery Packaging
12. Online Delivery Packaging
13. Take out Spoon
14. Take out Fork
15. Cheese Packaging
16. Razor Blade Packaging
17. Saran Wrap
18. Packing Tape
19. Saran Wrap
20. Plastic Bag
21. PLastic Bag
22. Plastic Bag
23. PLastic Bag
24. Takeout Container
25. Takeout Container
26. Takeout Container
27. PLastic Bag
28. PLastic Bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Carry reusable bags everywhere not just the super market to totally cut down plastic bag use
-Pasta from bulk bins
-Black Beans from bulk bins
-Cereal from bulk bins
-Buy fruit in singles rather than in bags
-Glas containers to cut out saran wrap

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?
Delivery Packaging
Packing Tape
Womens Razors

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Getting take out food

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Pre Packaged Pasta and replace with pasta from bulk bin

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

1 comments
Melissa
Melissa

Some companies (even Nordstrom's) use paper packaging tape. You can buy it at the Ecobox online or Life without plastic dot com. You can also get razors there. Beth uses an old fashioned safety razor and when I run out of my Venus Razors I'm going to try them too!

If you drive a car, why not keep a container in it for take out? You could also carry a utensil set. Or, carry it with you when you know you'll end up with take out or leftovers.

Bulk cereal is the best! We just had a great apple cereal bulk!