June 28, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 20

week 20

1. I’d love to hear tips for plastic-free traveling. I will be going to PR for field work. I’m not sure rustic my accommodations will be, but I think I’ll be able to do my own cooking. My friends in PR have a hard time reducing plastics. Even produce is heavily packaged!

Location:Berkeley, California, United States

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 20

Personal Info:

a couple of grad students and their two cats

Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett’s personal blog: http://becca.posterous.com/

Total items: 5

Total weight: 0.52 ounces

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
– two envelope windows
– wrapper and tab from new bottle of canola oil

– cap from red wine vinegar
– produce bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
– produce bag: Another from our dwindling stack of old plastic produce bags. I decided to say goodbye to this one after using it to store compostables during a field day, only to find it a week later.

– cap from bottle of red wine vinegar: Replaced with a larger glass bottle with metal cap and no inner plastic spout.

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?
I still need to figure out what to do about canola oil. I haven’t found it in bulk yet (but still need to make that trip to Rainbow grocery).

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
red wine vinegar cap. I found a large glass bottle of red wine vinegar that has an aluminum cap.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have been super busy lately, but reducing my plastic waste has not been that hard. Once we established new habits, everything seems easy! Remembering to bring our cloth produce/bulk bags and canvas shopping bags is second nature now. This challenge has also helped me to reduce other, non-plastic waste too.

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