August 13, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Christina S., Week 3


Location:Los Angeles, California, United States

Name: Christina S.

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I work full-time as a public health nutritionist. Married with a 3-year-old child. We share a household with my father-in-law. I enjoy cooking, reading, running, traveling, and spending time with my family.

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

Plate, utensils and cup at a potluck- brought my own.
Take-out containers and plastic bag after anniversary dinner- brought containers from home to the restaurant.
Plastic straw at the restaurant.
Snacks and bottled water at a work celebration (plastic-wrapped string cheese, energy bars, crackers, etc).

Total items collected: 22

Total weight: 0.40 lbs

Items: Recyclable
Hair conditioner bottle
Acidophilus supplement bottle
Feta cheese container, which was the packaging used to deliver the red wiggler worms someone gave me for my worm composting bin

Items: Nonrecyclable
Newspaper bag
Cereal bag
Crackers bag
Graham crackers bag
Dental floss container
2 envelope windows
2 caps from glass milk bottles
2 seals from yogurt sold in ceramic jars
2 tags from new bamboo kitchen utensils
Packaging from a prescription medication tablet
Bubble wrap insert from a box of chocolates
1 sandwich bag
Lid from cardboard oatmeal canister
Saran wrap from a burrito I made and froze in bulk long before this challenge
CD wrapper- a gift

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?
I am willing to try going without conditioner in my hair.

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Time to try making graham crackers from scratch- they’re a family staple

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I will contact my newspaper subscription to request a bag-free delivery. I wonder if they’ll do it, and if so, will they just pull the bag off before delivery and throw it away?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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