October 26, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Jessica Cornelius, Week 1


Best homemade tortilla/chip recipe?

Location:  Ventura, CA, United States

Name: Jessica Cornelius

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am female, just married, part time employed with no children. Ive been plastic aware and trying to refuse and reduce since January 2015.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Straws, plastic bags, cups, bottles, the mini white table thing that comes with pizzas, and to-go plastic clam shells.

Total items collected: 41

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 tin cans (BPA Lined)
a #1 plastic clam shell guacamole container

Items: Nonrecyclable
9 steel(?) bottle caps that are plastic lined
2 plastic tortilla bags
1 tortilla chip bag
7 fruit/vegetable/bread stickers
1 chocolates bag
3 tea bags
3 thermal receipts
fish food tray
2 individual pill tabs
2 twist ties
string cheese wrapper
ice cream lid liner

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could buy more fruit from the farmers market to reduce the stickers, make tortillas and chips from scratch or buy from bulk bins (the chips are just more stale though!), buy bulk tea, buy growlers of beer instead of bottles.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Ice cream and cheese.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Fish food

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Only shop once a week to reduce the number of receipts. Switch to silk floss?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have come pretty far in my plastic free journey, but I still have a way to go.

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