March 10, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Clara, Week 1


Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

Name: Clara

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m Clara. 21, single. Working as a cashier. 3 roommates(whom do not have the same values as me) and one good friend is doing the green living thing with me.

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

Styrofoam cup from the break room for water–used my steel canteen.
plastic spoon- used a spoon from my house.

Total items collected: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 # 2 plastic bags
a jamba juice styrofoam cup #6
a #1 bubble tea cup
2 number #5 greek yogurt cup

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 straws
1 lid
2 plastic packaging
1 newspaper bag
2 plastic bags :/
2 amys burritos
3 stickers( paid/produce)
1 oyster pail
plastic packaging from my cta fare card

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
the plastic bags, I carried a cloth bag towards the end of the week.
straws switched to glass straws or no straws?

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?
I’m kind of a attached to my yogurt but there are alternatives, just not as convenient

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
make more meals at home.
carry my re-usable bags everywhere.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It’s a lot more than I thought.

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