March 7, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Katie Finch, Week 1


Buying from a farmer’s market or local market like New Leaf is great for avoiding plastic bags/wrappers

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Katie Finch

Week: 1

Personal Info:

female with two other female housemates, living in a small apartment in Santa Cruz

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

plastic bags at grocery store

Total items collected: 16

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
-bag of spinach from trader joe’s
-target bag
-new leaf bag

Items: Nonrecyclable
everything else-mostly plastic bags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic shopping bags

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
chips, snack bags

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
out of season greens, anything ordered online.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Eating fruits and vegetables only in season (so they don’t come in bags)

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