June 12, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 1


What’s the best way to not get stickers and twisty ties when buying produce? I guess buying from the farmer’s market? I have some many twisty ties from kale and carrots purchases.

Is there a way to buy tofu without the plastic?

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

Name: Hanh Pham

Week: 1

Personal Info:

This is my second go around with the Plastic Free Challenge. Last time, I made it to week 3. I hope I’ll be able to keep tabs on my plastic use for longer this time.

I am super passionate about reducing my waste. I bring reusable containers wherever I dine out so I don’t get non-recyclable plastic… or styrofoam. I bring stainless steel utensils and a water bottle with me too.

I am intrigued about how close I can get to zero waste. Hence, some of my pictures have other recyclables in there. Oops!

I live in a 3-flat with my husband, and we don’t have any pets.

Hanh Pham’s personal blog: http://prettydirtyperformances.blogspot.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I refused getting another container of tofu in order not to have the plastic tub.

Total items collected: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Mustard container
Blueberry container
Salad mix container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Candy wrapper
Top of tofu container
Aluminum mix with paper form veggie bouillon cubes

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Not buy blueberries or buy salad mix in a bag? Not sure what’s more easily recycled – a plastic tub for the salad mix or a plastic bag for the salad mix…

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?
Pre-washed salad mix

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Washing salad mix… instead of buying them pre-washed

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Tofu – will get lentils and beans instead for protein

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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