February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Brandi Ruscher-Hill, Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Brandi Ruscher-Hill

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am participating in this challenge as a Seymour Center volunteer. I share milk and basic condiments with 5 roommates, and I share the rest of my food with one other roommate.

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

2 milk cartons
1 plastic juice bottle
1 plastic jar of peanut butter
1 plastic fork (compostable)
5 granola bar plastic wrappers
1 plastic mesh potato bag
4 plastic bags/wrappers used for fruit or vegetables
1 bread bag
1 tortilla bag
1 cereal bag
1 pasta bag
2 cracker bags
1 chip bag

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
milk cartons-#2
juice bottle- #1
peanut butter jar-#1
plastic vegetable wrapping (I was told that a common rule of thumb is if its stretchy then its recyclable, but they didn’t have numbers)

Items: Nonrecyclable
cracker packaging
chips packaging
pasta packaging
cereal packaging
mesh potato bag
granola bar wrappers
plastic fork

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The plastic fork could be replaced by carrying my own utensils in my backpack. My packaging waste could be reduced by buying vegetables that are not wrapped or in any plastic packaging. I could also buy peanut butter and other condiments in glass jars.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I would be willing to give up snack foods that involve multiple layers of plastic packaging.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
In order to reduce my consumption, I should start packing lunches that include more freshly made dishes than plastic wrapped snack/pre-prepared foods.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I’m willing to give up my daily snack of a granola bar.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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