February 23, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Carol Sandford, Week 1


So much of what I buy at the grocery store is packaged in plastic.

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Carol Sandford

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a middle aged, married female. I work two days, out of the home.

Carol Sandford’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic shopping bags at retail stores.

Total items collected: 26

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
iced tea jug 5
cheese packaging 5
salad container 1
hummus container 1
yogurt container 5
lotion bottle 1
water bottle 5

Items: Nonrecyclable
shipping mailers x 3
cheese wrapper
charge card advertisers x 2
nuts wrapper
candy wrappers x 5
food wrapper
cereal liner bag x 2
produce bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The produce bag.
The shipping mailers however these were received from others.
Charge card advertisers sent to me.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
All three in the last box.

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Do more shopping at a bulk food store and take my own containers to fill.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I will give up all plastic water bottles.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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