February 23, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Jack & PennyCheney, Week 1


We discussed this and agreed on some steps we might take. No more input needed.

Location:, California, United States

Name: Jack & PennyCheney

Week: 1

Personal Info:

We have been married for 26 years, no kids, own our own house and are retired so we volunteer a lot. I have recycled way before it was fashionable. This was an assignment for our Docent class at Seymour Center.

Jack & PennyCheney’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1 (plastic form for swimsuits at Costco)

Total items collected: 47

Total weight: 2 1/2 lbs

Items: Recyclable
13 plastic bags, 2gallon containers, 1 1/2 gallon container, 1 3/4 gallon container
4 large plastic containers, 5 small plastic packaging material, 2 large plastic packaging material, 1 plastic straw, 2 plastic utensils, 1 take out bowl, 1 2 cu ft potting mix bag

Items: Nonrecyclable
Our garbage company take lots of stuff. We think they will take all of our plastic if we bag up the bags so NONE

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic container for shrimp: could buy shrimp at meat counter and use dishes at home to serve this.

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?
medicine bottles, safety packaging for bottles

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Is 6-pack packaging gone from the stores? Haven’t seen much around. That’s very good. It was a pain to cut those things before putting them into the recycle.

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