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1. I’d love to hear tips for plastic-free traveling. I will be going to PR for field work. I’m not sure rustic my accommodations will be, but I think I’ll be able to do my own cooking. My friends in PR have a hard time reducing plastics. Even produce is heavily packaged!
Location:Berkeley, California, United States
Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett
a couple of grad students and their two cats
Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett’s personal blog: http://becca.posterous.com/
Total items: 5
Total weight: 0.52 ounces
- two envelope windows
- wrapper and tab from new bottle of canola oil
- cap from red wine vinegar
- produce bag
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
- produce bag: Another from our dwindling stack of old plastic produce bags. I decided to say goodbye to this one after using it to store compostables during a field day, only to find it a week later.
- cap from bottle of red wine vinegar: Replaced with a larger glass bottle with metal cap and no inner plastic spout.
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?
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I still need to figure out what to do about canola oil. I haven’t found it in bulk yet (but still need to make that trip to Rainbow grocery).
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
red wine vinegar cap. I found a large glass bottle of red wine vinegar that has an aluminum cap.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have been super busy lately, but reducing my plastic waste has not been that hard. Once we established new habits, everything seems easy! Remembering to bring our cloth produce/bulk bags and canvas shopping bags is second nature now. This challenge has also helped me to reduce other, non-plastic waste too.
Ack! I was wrong about the red wine vinegar. It does have a small plastic spout beneath the cap. I thought I saw just glass through the bottle when I bought it from the store. Sorry for the false alarm!
Where did you find the red wine vinegar? Brand?? I am going to need to replace my bottle soon and can't find a plastic-free replacement! Also, plastic-free traveling (just like being at home) requires planning. Not knowing what you'll have access to (or for how long you will be traveling) makes it difficult to offer suggestions. I think that based on how much you've already reduced the amount of plastics you are using that it won't be as difficult as you think (maybe?).