September 30, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Katie Sumner, Week 1


Any and all. My big thing is yogurt cups. I love yogurt. I’m sure I’ll think of more as I keep on with this.

Location:Beavercreek, Ohio, United States

Name: Katie Sumner

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a 28 year-old woman and I live in a small house on a half acre lot in Ohio. I work at a used bookstore, love to write, sculpt, draw and read. I’m a beekeeper, vegetarian, native-plant enthusiast and generally considered myself to be pretty eco-minded. I had no idea how huge my plastic footprint was though! What an awakening. With the help of this blog, I’m going to try and reduce my use of plastics as much as I can.

Katie Sumner’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Several plastic bags while shopping.
Disposable coffee cup (used a mug instead).

Total items collected: 88

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Will add later.

Items: Nonrecyclable
14 plastic tampon applicators
14 plastic tampon wrappers
1 plastic bag containing cat poo
2 plastic-coated cardboard microwavable food trays.
at least 4 plastic film coverings on microwavable food packages and cereal package.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Cheese, apples from the farmers market.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
My single use, pre-packaged Amy’s meals.

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
My Amy’s meals.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I have a long way to go, but now that I really SEE what I use…knowledge is power!

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