February 27, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Aric Bickel, Week 1

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I would be interested to know if anyone had information on plastic free or reusable dog pick-up bags.

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Aric Bickel

Week: 1

Personal Info:

male, living with domestic partner, work some at home and some away from home.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Yogurt container as Tupperware. tortilla bag as dog pick-up bag. bagel bag as dog pick-up bag.

Total items collected: 17

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
grape juice container, orange juice container, apple sauce container, butter container, almond container, strawberry container, salsa to-go containers (2).

Items: Nonrecyclable
Pretzel bag, cracker wrapper, fake meat plastic wrappers (2), packaging around butter container, chip bag insert, tortilla bag, bagel bag.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
the bagel bag, apple sauce container (could by the one in the jar), he strawberry container, and the salsa containers.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
the chip and pretzel bags and the salsa.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
the juice containers. particularly the grape juice, it is impossible to find a glass grape juice bottle.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Buying less snacks, maybe eating less dairy as a lot of it tends to come packaged heavily.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The take away salsa containers.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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