August 22, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 8


Location:, Belgium

Name: Ellen and Pedro

Week: 8

Personal Info:

We got a bit lost with our timing so this is our challenge for WEEK 7 AND 8!

We are a two person, two cat household trying to be conscious of our plastic/waste footprint. We do lately struggle between eating healthy organic vegan food and the use of plastic.

Ellen and Pedro’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
loads of plastic bags for vegetables, at the pharmacy, shoemaker, etc
plastic wraps for cheese, we now buy them in a paper wrap (with a tiny sliver of plastic)
we no longer buy plastic ketchup bottles

Total items collected: 18

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
8 tetrapack
1 ketchup bottle
1 hair conditioner

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 container tofutti
3 big vegan yogurt containers + lid
18 small vegan yogurt containers + lig
1 tube of toothpaste
2 butter containers
2 plastic wraps of pre-baked bread
1 plastic from rice
2 containers mushrooms
6 containers bread spread
1 container veggieburger
1 container tumeric
1 package of a new knife
2 plastic packages of a new cat mat
bag (coca cola) container 200g of misc wrappers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
We are miserably failing at reducing plastic because of the vegan food. So contradictory!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
pre-baked breads

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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