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Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Name: Eve Stavros
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Straws, bags, to-do containers
Total items collected: 12
Total weight: 2.8 oz
New: 1 ibuprofen bottle (#2); 1 reishi mushroom pill bottle (#2)
New: 8 candy wrappers, 1 shipping tape/packaging, 1 meat package
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
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?
The ibuprofen and reishi mushroom capsules. I have persistent foot pain and need the ibuprofen to reduce swelling and help w/the pain. And having so many colds last year, I feel like keeping my immune system boosted is essential, and the plastic from the mushroom capsules is a lot less than from cold/flu medicine packaging.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Give up travel? Ha! no way
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Tags: plastic challenge
Hey, great work you're doing :). Thinking about the candy, we have candystores here (in the Netherlands) that have candy in big containers where you can scoop out the candy. Usually you put it then in a plastic bag but you can just bring a paper bag. So you might be able to find a candystore in your city. Anyway good luck with this fantastic challenge.
Thanks, Leander!! Yeah, I used to live in NL actually (Lisse, then Amsterdam) and one thing I certainly miss are the great candy shops. Here, I don't really eat much candy, it's just when I travel that I get tempted by the local treats, like chocolate-covered licorice in Icelend! Yummy! Thanks for the encouraging words.