February 23, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Emily Stollmeyer, Week 1



How do we reduce plastic waste for bathroom products? I feel like everything I do in the bathroom requires plastic…

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Emily Stollmeyer

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m a 20 yr old Marine Biology college student. I work in a restaurant where I eat as many as half of my meals there per week. I live off campus with 4 other college students. I’m doing the Docent Class at the Seymour Center this year. :D

Emily Stollmeyer’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Multiple grocery bags (I already use reusable ones).
Plastic drink cups at my work.
Water Bottles (I reuse water bottles/soda bottles)

Total items collected: 37

Total weight: n/a

Items: Recyclable
1 Strawberry container – 1
1 Raspberry container – 1
1 Take – out box – 6
2 Plastic bags – 2
1 Toilet paper bag – 4
2 Shampoo/conditioner containers – 1
2 Greenware cups – 7
1 Condiment Container – 5
1 Condiment Container lid – 1
1 Yogurt cup – 5
1 Plastic fork – 7
1 Greenware Lid – 7

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 plastic wrappers (frozen veggie patty & fortune cookie)
1 wildwood pasta slim container
1 plastic bag gift wrap
2 pieces of saran wrap
1 plastic lid wrapper
1 ranch container
2 candy wrappers
1 pair of gloves from work
1 Gillette shaver
1 gift card
1 straw
1 boxed drink plug
1 gift ribbon
1 swiffer pad

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic bags
Condiment containers (just used the condiments I have at home)
saran wrap – used a reusable container
choose products that have less plastic wrapping

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
bathroom items such as shampoo/soap/shavers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
eat at home more often

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
try to eliminate all plastic bags/cups

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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Welcome Emily!  It’s so great to see young folks getting on board – gives us more hope for the future.  Bathroom products are surprisingly easy to reduce.  You can find shampoo & conditioner in bulk at some local health food stores (New Leaf is one in your area) or use a shampoo bar like Lush or J.R. Liggett.  As for shavers, I followed Beth’s lead and bought a metal double-edge vintage Gillette razor with stainless steel blades for refills.  Makes me feel like I’m shaving in a 50’s movie and I love the weight of it.  Just search this blog for… Read more »