March 10, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Katrina Kositzin, Week 1


What are some ideas for reusing plastic bags and plastic bottles?

Location:, California, United States

Name: Katrina Kositzin

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am a 20 year old female, living with her two average income parents. They work as a corporate company trainer and a local 911 Dispatcher. I work as a server in a chain restaurant. We are generally home during the evenings and eat at home.

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

I refused straws, as I do on a regular basis. I used tuberware instead of ziploc bags. I don’t use plastic bags at grocery stores, only paper or I don’t use a bag at all. I bought bar soap with a compostable wrapper instead of bottled gel. I also bought tea bags with compostable wrappers.

Total items collected: 82

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic Grocery Bags #2
Ice Bag #4
Milk Jug #2
Water Bottles #1
Juice Bottle #1
Conditioner Bottle #2
Slim Fast Bottle #7
Apple Juice Bottle #1
Strawberry Container #1

Items: Nonrecyclable
Ziploc Bags
Chip Bag
Flower Bouquet Bag
Laura Bar Wrappers
Honey Sticks
Bubble Wrap

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Ziploc Bags
Plastic Grocery Bags
Plastic Water Bottles
Conditioner Bottle
Juice Bottle
Chip Bags

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?
Milk Jugs

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
What is consumed, such as milk and snacks. Using metal and reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones. Using tubberware instead of plastic bags. Not buying fruits packaged in plastic. Avoiding plastic packaging in general. Using paper grocery bags or reusable bags.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The Laura Bar with the plastic wrapping. I absolutely love these bars and frequently use them for snacks.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Plastic is often overlooked as a threat to the environment when we make our choices for everyday living.

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