February 15, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Gina, Week 1


Can you buy tofu not packaged in plastic? Also, can you recycle non-dairy beverage cartons here?

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Gina

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I live in my own room in a shared house. I travel by foot or bike and I am vegan.

Gina’s personal blog: http://rediscoveringevolution.blogspot.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
None because we were told to live normally.

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Compostable cup; sprouts container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Non-recyclable: Fruit and veggie stickers; personal hygiene product wrappers; plastic bag for frozen corn; plastic bag for soup mix; Nutrigrain wrappers.
Unsure: soy milk carton, lid to oatmeal carton

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Packaged soup; corn; oatmeal

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
sprouts and Nutrigrain bars

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Female hygiene wrappers; fruit and vegetable stickers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Find a nonplastic source of non-dairy milk or start making my own; don’t buy frozen vegetables; buy oatmeal in bulk.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Sprouts in a plastic box.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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