October 28, 2010

Tony Hancock, Ethical Ocean, Week 2

Tony Ethical Ocean plastic waste

Name: Tony Hancock
Week: 2

Personal Info:

I’m Tony from Ethical Ocean (www.ethicalocean.com). I’m a male and live in a house with two other people, and I work on our website from home.

Total items: 6

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
none :(

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 plastic bags
One food wrapper (crackers)
One disposable razor
One Shisha mouthpiece

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Again the plastic bags. I went to go pick up my laundry and it was pouring rain outside… My hamper is just a mesh bag, so the clothes I had just put in the dryer would have been soaked.

The razor was a left over from a trip where i left mine at home (I usually use a metal safety razor).

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
N/A

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Are there crackers that come without plastic wrap? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any…

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I was very aware of how much plastic wrap we have for food products this week! I literally walked down the aisles of my supermarket going, “nope, can’t get that, nope, that has plastic.” I haven’t found free range eggs in paper yet, so I just didn’t buy any this week. The local bread in paper was easy to find though!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I can’t have any plastic bags next week. Rain or no rain!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I can see how reducing plastic is a habit based thing. There are so many everyday products you are used to just “picking up” on the way home. For example, I stopped to grab a candy bar this week, and realized the only one not in plastic is smarties – which I don’t buy because Nestle is a very unsustainable company. (actually now that I think about it, Caramilk might be foil wrap only…Will have to check it out this week.)

3 comments
Tony
Tony

Thanks Beth!

The pretzel point is well taken, I definitely need to find a bulk store near me!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Tony, you are doing an awesome job of reducing your plastic waste. I'm impressed.

As far as the bag for laundry goes, do you have a big duffle bag you could use? And if not, can you keep that plastic bag as your laundry bag and just keep reusing it?

Glad you found bread in paper.

Crackers: no, I haven't found crackers without plastic except for Wasa, which I'm not sure counts as a cracker. Does it? But here's what I do when I can't find something I think I need. I ask myself what purpose it fulfills and then I see if something else will fill the same need. For example, for me, crackers are crunchy and salty. I can get pretzels in the bulk bin, so I buy them instead.

Just something to think about. But like I said, you're doing great!