February 4, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 22


Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Name: Eve Stavros

Week: 22

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.

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

water bottles, plastic cutlery, straws, to-go containers, bags

Total items collected: 20

Total weight: 3.2 oz

Items: Recyclable
new: milk bottle cap & ring #4 (1),
old: tea light holder #7 (1), dental floss case #5 (1)

Items: Nonrecyclable
New: envelope windows (5), vitamin jar seal (1), cilantro label (1), packaging tape (2),
Old: earplug case & bag (2), cookie wrappers (3), part of dried spice bag (1), Christmas plastic packaging (1), broken IPhone case (1)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
tea-lights in plastic – whew! Used up the last of an old package I had.

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?

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