March 8, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Gerardo Nieves, Week 1

Location:San Jose, California, United States

Name: Gerardo Nieves

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Gerardo Nieves’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags, plastic cups and utensils.

Total items collected: 14

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Mineral Water Bottle #1
Corn Oil Bottle #1
Juice bottle Lg #1
Water Bottle #1
Flavored Water Bottle #1
Plastic Fork No #
Syrup Bottle #5
Peanut Butter Container #1
Mouthwash Bottle #1
Juice Bottle Sm #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
Coffee Cup Lid No#
2 Ziploc Bags No #
2 Spray Can Tops No #
Soda Bottle No #

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Utensils and Water Bottles

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?
Bottles that food products are sold in.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Buy substitute products.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
One week of no plastic water bottles.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I am already using as little plastic as I can with minor exceptions.

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