February 21, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Kat Beheshti, Week 1


I would like to know how to minimize my plastic waste in terms of produce packaging.
How can I use distilled water without purchasing a new 1 gallon container twice a month?

Location:San Jose, California, United States

Name: Kat Beheshti

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a recent graduate from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Earth & Environmental Science. I live at home with my Mom, Dad, and sister. I have 4 hermit crabs that require a lot of care (that includes plastic) in addition to our dog Cooper. I also am a vegetarian which could maybe be a factor?

Kat Beheshti’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Water bottles
Ziplock Baggies for lunch
Plastic stirring sticks for tea/coffee

Total items collected: 27

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Distilled Water 1 Gallon Plastic Container; recycling #2: I put this in our Recycling Bin to be recycled into another form of a plastic product
Shampoo Bottle; recycling #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 different bags of lettuce
Plastic bags from fresh produce
Baguette bread wrapping
Bag of peas for soup
Seas Candy Heart Marshmallow plastic wrap
Container for honey
Plastic packaging for an electric toothbrush
Cheez-It bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Cellophane–>plastic or glass tuperwear for all “on-the-go” meals
Shampoo & Conditioner–>refill bottles of shampoo from places that have that function instead of continuously buying new bottles of the product every time

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Instead of purchasing pre-packaged food products eat more raw and not processed foods that include less packaging

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
vegetable bags and products you purchase that AREN’T plastic but are packaged using plastic

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
more regular eating habits so that i stay away from processed high plastic packaging products

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
instead of purchasing 3 different bags of green mixes purchase one with the combination of all 3

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
plastic consumption is unavoidable, but if there is ever an alternative you need to take it because living a plastic free life is extremely difficult

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