February 26, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Elena Pagter, Week 1


Location:, California, United States

Name: Elena Pagter

Week: 1

Personal Info:

student, four housemates, all the cheese I love is wrapped in plastic.

Elena Pagter’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Bags at store, takeaway items

Total items collected: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
yogurt cups 5
paper towel role cover 4
mozzarella tub 5

Items: Nonrecyclable
sardine wrapping, plastic baggies from printer cartridge, wheat thins bag, noodle bag, floss wrapping, fork, caps for ink cartridges

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
takeaway utensils, meal containers,

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
plastic meal containers

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Not huge wheels of cheese
pill cases
affordable pen ink fillers
my IDs

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
quit shopping at costco

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
getting my housemates to cut back on plastic will be a challenge

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