July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 4


Is there a non plastic alternative to Dr. Bonners? I buy it in bulk and use it for just about everything, but it’s in a plastic bottle.

Has anyone seen Bragg’s in a glass bottle? But even if it was in a glass bottle, there may be plastic around the lid. Has anyone tried making soy sauce?

I love sprouted bread, but it comes wrapped in plastic. Has anyone made sprouted bread? Or seen sprouted bread packaged in paper?

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

Name: Hanh Pham

Week: 4

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 a stainless steel water bottle and a metal spoon with me. I used to have a metal chopsticks, but they got confiscated at the airport. :(

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 ice cream in a foam container, but I had some bites, so I am including it in my list.

I also refused fresh squeezed fruit juice due to the plastic cup & lid and straw. I had a few sips instead from my family, so I am including it in my plastic count.

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Dr. Bonner’s plastic bottle
Bragg plastic bottle
Plastic condiment container
Plastic cup

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 foam cups that ice cream was served in
Plastic spoon
2 plastic wraps from around kombucha bottles
Twist ties
Plastic wrap around sprouted bread
Plastic bag from bread
Plastic wrist band from Maker Faire I attended
Cup from bar — If I knew my drink would be served in a cup, I would have gotten a beer.
2 straws
2 tubes of toothpaste
2 plastic cups
1 plastic lid from cup
1 condiment container + plastic lid

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could continue to refuse cups at restaurants and dining out, and be more explicit so that I don’t accidentally get one.

Instead of Braggs, I could buy soy sauce in a glass container. It’ll most likely have the plastic wrap around the lid though.

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?
Dr. Bonners
Sprouted bread

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Make more time to make my own bread.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Even if people around me have food in plastic, I won’t take a bite, so that plastic won’t be on my count.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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