March 5, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Dale, Week 1

Location:, California, United States

Name: Dale

Week: 1

Personal Info:

female, married, retired

Dale’s personal blog:

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

Total items collected: 50

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
various shrink wraps
bags for buying produce
yogurt and cottage chesse containers
water bottles
large water container

Items: Nonrecyclable
coffee to go tops
prescription bottles
asprin bottles

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
water bottles

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
not very many

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
shrink wrapped items, yogurt/cottage cheese, lunch meat/cheese wraps, prescription bottles

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
reusable water bottles whenever possible
look for/shop at stores with better packaging options

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It’s very difficult to shop today without plastics.

Is it posible that because people believe they are doing a good thing by recycling, that they don’t try to find better solutions. Many people I talked to about this exercise this week, responded that they already recycle

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