December 1, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Giannina Battaglia, Week 1

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How can i find a market where they don’t wrap my food in plastic?

Location:  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States

Name: Giannina Battaglia

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Im a female, I did this challenge when I was home for Thanksgiving break. I live with my mom so all the plastic is from me and my mom.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
plastic plate, plastic fork, plastic around 6 pack of soda cans, ziploc bags, keurig cups, prescription medicine bottles, mouthwash container, plastic containers, yogurt, mayo bottle, vitamin container, almond milk cartons

Total items collected: 36

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic fork- 5
plastic plate- 1
frozen chicken bag- 1
ziploc bag-1
plastic around soda 6 pack- 2
water bottle- 2
canada dry bottle- 2
almond milk- 2
mayo bottle- 1
vitamin bottle- 1
lettuce container- 2
cheese bag- 1
feta cheese container-1
mouthwash bottle- 1
KFC container- 2
prescription medicine bottle- 6
keurig cup- 1

Items: Nonrecyclable
egg carton-1.5

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
water bottles could be replaced with reusable bottles. prescription medicine could come in glass bottles instead of plastic. plastic forks and plates could be glass.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
all of my items.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
i think all my items could have plastic-free alternatives.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
i can go out of my way to find a market where my food isn’t packaged in plastic or bring my own glass containers to put my food in.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
water bottles

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
non

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