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I would like to know how to minimize my plastic waste in terms of produce packaging.
How can I use distilled water without purchasing a new 1 gallon container twice a month?
Location:San Jose, California, United States
Name: Kat Beheshti
I am a recent graduate from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Earth & Environmental Science. I live at home with my Mom, Dad, and sister. I have 4 hermit crabs that require a lot of care (that includes plastic) in addition to our dog Cooper. I also am a vegetarian which could maybe be a factor?
Kat Beheshti’s personal blog:
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Ziplock Baggies for lunch
Plastic stirring sticks for tea/coffee
Total items collected: 27
Distilled Water 1 Gallon Plastic Container; recycling #2: I put this in our Recycling Bin to be recycled into another form of a plastic product
Shampoo Bottle; recycling #2
3 different bags of lettuce
Plastic bags from fresh produce
Baguette bread wrapping
Bag of peas for soup
Seas Candy Heart Marshmallow plastic wrap
Container for honey
Plastic packaging for an electric toothbrush
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Cellophane–>plastic or glass tuperwear for all “on-the-go” meals
Shampoo & Conditioner–>refill bottles of shampoo from places that have that function instead of continuously buying new bottles of the product every time
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Instead of purchasing pre-packaged food products eat more raw and not processed foods that include less packaging
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
vegetable bags and products you purchase that AREN’T plastic but are packaged using plastic
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
more regular eating habits so that i stay away from processed high plastic packaging products
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
instead of purchasing 3 different bags of green mixes purchase one with the combination of all 3
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
plastic consumption is unavoidable, but if there is ever an alternative you need to take it because living a plastic free life is extremely difficult