October 15, 2010

Jon Fishbein, Ethical Ocean, Week 1


Jon Ethical Ocean plastic waste

Name: Jon Fishbein
Week: 1

Personal Info:
I’m Jon from Ethical Ocean (www.ethicalocean.com)! I live in Toronto, Canada in an apartment by myself. I travel quite a bit, and will be hauling plastic around with me for the challenge….

Total items: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
V8 Bottle
Grocery Bag
Yogurt Container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Plastic food containers
Plastic Wrap

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Grocery Bags
Takeout Food containers

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?
Figuring out how to reduce takeout food containers even though I travel will be a challenge.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic grocery bags – there is no reason for me to keep using these.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It is crazy how much food comes in plastic!

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A big yes to traveling with a refillable water bottle. And if you’re not outgoing enough to want to ask the flight attendant to fill it, you can fill it yourself at a water fountain or sink AFTER you go through security.

I’m not sure if you travel by plane, but I just wanted to add that bringing your own reusable bottle is the best-kept secret of airliners. I haven’t yet had a flight attendant refuse to fill my bottle, and then you have all the water you need to keep from being dehydrated on your flight.

Of course, hydration is equally as important in a car. =)

Melissa @ HerGreenLife

Hi Jon, I have yet to invest in stainless steel containers, but I have been using a durable, reusable plastic container for food during recent travel. It doesn’t take up too much space in my bag, and I can easily wash it out for the next meal. Good luck!

Hi, Jon! I’m pretty much at the same level as you at the moment as far as my plastic free challenge. I’m still at Baby Steps but I’ll tell you that the number one thing I’m doing is bringing my own containers. Of course, I don’t travel very much but as a college student and a musician, I always have a lot to carry with me so the extra containers can be a hassle as they make my bag very big and heavy. I’m looking into alternatives but for now, I’m trying to avoid buying anything unless I have to… Read more »
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if stainless steel is too bulky to carry with you when traveling (though you could just keep it in your car), I’m a big fan of collapsible containers. I have a round rubbermaid one, which works well, but I really want a FoldTuk which is made from some kind of silicone mixture (they say there’s no petro-based plastic in it, I don’t know if they’re BPA free, but they say it’s “PTFE/PFOA free”). I think the rectangular shape would be more efficient than the round one I have, but they’re a little pricey,… Read more »
Hi Jon! I know it’s a challenge to avoid plastic food containers while traveling, but I know you can do it! Look for places where you can sit down and eat from real dishes. Yeah, it takes a bit of time. But it’s healthier anyway. :-) Bring some stainless steel containers with you and ask restaurants to fill them for you. Many will refuse, but you’ll be surprised that some will go along with it. Check out how I did at a food court in Chicago — down at the very bottom of this post: https://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/08/my-green-chicago-trip-part-1-hostel-vs/