December 3, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Jessica Zendejas, Week 1


I would like to hear suggestions and alternative ways to help reduce my plastic waste. We live in a world today where a lot of our daily use of things revolved around plastic. Being aware of alternatives in regards to items that we use on a daily basis will be a big help.

Location:  Pittsburg, CA, United States

Name: Jessica Zendejas

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am currently a LMC student finishing up my last semester, looking to transfer this up coming year. I am a mother of a four-year-old daughter and currently working a full time job at Wells Fargo. I am taking an English class, where our final essay is based around recycling, reusing and reducing the usage of plastic. This was how I was introduced to this challenge.

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

Nothing, it wasn’t till after completing this challenge that made me aware of all the
plastic that we actually use on a daily basis.

Total items collected: 45

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic bags, plastic food packaging (cheese ,bread), plastic cups and straws (Starbucks and daughter’s), candy wrappers, plastic utensils, razor, plastic inserts for daughter’s toys, makeup containers, pills containers, galloon water bottles, small water bottles, screen protector.

Items: Nonrecyclable

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Water bottles, plastic bags, food storage containers, food packaging are just a few items that can easily be replaced.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I would be willing to give up plastics bag, if there was not a plastic-free alternative. Being that plastic bags only adds convenience to our shopping, it would something easier to adjust to even not having them.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
At the moment I am not aware of plastic-free alternatives when it comes to your essential medicines. For example if there are necessary pills or prescriptions needed to be taken that is something that has not yet have plastic-free alternative.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Getting rid of current plastics in your households and find alternatives ways to get the same job done. For example, shopping bags, food containers, water containers, food storage, cups, utensils etc.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic bags and plastic water bottles are two items that have easy accessible alternatives making replacing them not hard.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
After doing the challenge it has made me more aware of the all the plastic that we used in our daily lifestyle. You truly never realized how offer we use plastic and fail to realize how plastic is almost in EVERYTHING!

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