August 16, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Becky Bergman, Week 1


Location:San Francisco, California, United States

Name: Becky Bergman

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I live in San Francisco with my 6 year old daughter and her two pet mice. I have a boyfriend who lives a few blocks away, and we have dinner together most nights. I work three jobs and run a side business doing seamstress and screen print work.

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

I was trying to just live normally this week, since it’s my first week- so I only refused what I have been making a habit of refusing for some time now:

-used paper lunch bags for produce at whole foods instead of plastic bags
-brought my own grocery bags most of the time when shopping (SF has a no-plastic bag ordinance anyway though)

Total items collected: 29

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
big blueberry container #1
water bottle (no number listed)
guacamole container #1
(2) berry container lids #1
dish soap bottle #1
yogurt container #5

Items: Nonrecyclable
(3) Trader Joe’s Ravioli containers (no number listed)
Lots of bags (trying to get the BF to remember not to use them)

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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