November 21, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 16


Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 16

Personal Info:

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

Individually wrapped candies, plastic spoons

Total items collected: 29

Total weight: 5.0 oz

Items: Recyclable
plastic bag (1), bottle caps (2), eye drop bottle (1)
Not shown: mascarpone container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Tealight holders (4), teabag pouch (1), wine bottle wrapper (1), towel hanger (1), cat brush blister pack (1), eyebrow pencil (1), highlighter (1), DVD wrappers (2), naan bread wrapper (1), microplane label (1), dental floss (1), plastic cork (1), health insurance card (1), shoe insert backing (2), pastry bag bag (1), frozen meatball bags (2), milk bottle rings (3)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Naan bread was bought by a friend but I could learn to make my own. Swedish meatballs from Ikea are my addiction, but I know how to make them from scratch. Just discovered a way to make mascarpone, so plastic-free (nearly) tiramisu is now a reality!!!

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?
This is a collection from weeks 13, 14, 15 & 16, since 3 weeks of overseas travel made sorting difficult. Also, there are items from my trip I haven’t accounted for. Bottom line, when travelling, I do the best I can, but allow myself a little amnesty period.

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