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March 5, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Jessica , Week 1

 

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how do i get the Greek yogurt and fruit juice i want for my smoothies?

Location:santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Jessica

Week: 1

Personal Info:

i am a student at UCSC

Jessica ‘s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
cheese wrapped in plastic, juice, straws

Total items collected: 27

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
6 Chobani yogurt containers (#5),
3 evolution juice bottles(#2),
1 cap from Strauss milk(#4),
1 icing container(#5)

Items: Nonrecyclable
bubble wrap,
3 bottle caps (#7),
wrapper,
biscuit mix,
2 sees candy stick wrappers,
plastic shrink wrap from lotion,
duct tape,
“safety seal”

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could buy mixes that are in paper bags/ boxes, I could not use duct tape

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
sees candy sticks, biscuit mix, lotion, bubble wrap

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
my yogurt and my juice drinks,
the cap from my glass milk bottle

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I may have to move to a farm and grow my own fruit and culture my own Greek yogurt

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
bubble wrap, shrink wrap, sees candy, biscuits

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I thought I was pretty good at avoiding plastic, but I am not as good as I hoped.

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1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Jessica. Welcome to the challenge! It looks like you're already doing a great job refusing plastic. St. Benoit yogurt is made in Northern California and comes in returnable glass mason jars or ceramic pots. You pay a deposit and get it refunded at the store when you return the container. This link will show you locations in your area. Click on “Central Coast.” http://www.stbenoit.com/html/findYogurt.html Note: It's not Greek yogurt. But I'm really not sure what the difference is. As for juice, I honestly am not a big believer in fruit juice because I feel like it's concentrated sugar with all the fiber missing. Maybe you could blend up whole fruit to make smoothies. I think it would be more nutritious. :-) Also, you don't have to move to a farm. Just shop at your local farmers market.