February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Julie Tower, Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Julie Tower

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Female, married with two cats, working 4 days a week (2 at home, 2 at the office).

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

A plastic bag at a restaurant for my doggie bag. Another plastic bag at an autoparts store. A plastic fork at work (I keep a set of bamboo utensils in my desk)

Total items collected: 37

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Milk jug
Yogurt container
Bruschetta sauce tubs
Feta cheese tubs
Margarine container
TV dinner trays
Some plastic bags
chewing gum container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Sandwich bags
Salami wrapper
Coffee pouches
Plastic air bags from Amazon
Tops from take-out coffee
Plastic fork
Sandwich bags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic fork
Plastic straw
Milk jug
Food items that can be bought in bulk
Veggie bags at supermarket

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
buy in bulk, request Amazon use less wrapping, not order from Amazon, return plastic fruit containers to farmers market, take string bags to supermarket for buying veggies

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Plastics are much more prevalent in our lives than I thought. It’s depressing! And I’m more reluctant to significantly change my lifestyle than I thought I would be. But I’ll try!

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