December 5, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Jesse J., Week 1


What is a cheaper alternative to water bottles, without the bad filter taste?

Location:  Pittsburg, CA, United States

Name: Jesse J.

Week: 1

Personal Info:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Food container
Candy bag
Jerky bag

Total items collected: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
water bottle – #1
soda bottle – #1
vitamin water bottle – #1

In my town, their is a recycling center where I take these known recyclable items. The other items I put in my recycling bin which is taken by the waste management collectors (they collect all types of plastics (although I am not sure where they take it).

Items: Nonrecyclable

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could eliminate my use of water bottles, by switching to a re usable glass bottle.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I would give up soda and snacks, just because I know they are unhealthy.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
The snacks aren’t necessarily essential, but they are the ones that have close to zero plastic-free alternatives.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I could completely eliminate my use of water bottles by switching to a glass or filter alternative.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I am willing to give up purchasing soda. I will also try out some different types of filtered water bottles.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I mostly purchase water bottles in bulk due to convenience and affordability. The main reason I have not switched to a water bottle alternative, is because the filtered bottles I have tried never last long and give a bad taste after a short period of time. Recently I have seen some new offerings for filtered water that I am going to check out, so hopefully I can eliminate my need for water bottles.

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