October 11, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 11


Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 11

Personal Info:

I recently retired early and moved from Florida to Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m fortunate to live in the basement apartment of my best friend’s beautiful log home, where I have time to garden, read, cook, play with my cat, Armani, and SLEEP! Living on a budget, but enjoying some travel — and most of all the time to enjoy the slow life.

Eve Stavros’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
water bottles, plastic cutlery, straws

Total items collected: 10

Total weight: 1.2 oz

Items: Recyclable
milk bottle cap #4 (1)

Items: Nonrecyclable
milk bottle ring (1), envelope window (2), cd (1), blossom tea packages (2), wine bottle seal (1), candy wrapper (1), marking pen (1)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The candy wrapper (sigh)…

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?

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?
Stuck with a lot of old CDs — need to find a school or someone who can use them for an art project!.
Going on vacation to Italy for three weeks next week !!! This will be a challenge, but I am determined not to acquire ANY new plastic this trip!!!

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