Location: Brentwood, CA, United States
Name: Kelsey Fordahl
For starters, I only collected the plastic throughout the week that I used!
I’m a college student that comes by a lot of plastic, but being aware that I would be participating in this plastic challenge, I found myself avoiding a lot of plastic usage. Although, I still did collect some. I already do have a reusable CamelBak water bottle so plastic bottles isn’t a problem for me. On average, a majority of my plastic consumption comes from sandwich bags, food wrappers, and coffee cups. Which you’ll see is a practically all that I collected.
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Shopping bags and extra sandwich bags for other snacks! Limited myself to one bag a day if I were to use one.
Total items collected: 11
Total weight: too light for scale to say
Peets Coffee Cup- 5
Orange Juice bottle- 4
Starbucks Cup- 83
Starbucks Cup- 82
Printer Paper Wrapping
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Coffee Cups: I could buy one nice glass cup at their stores for them to refill.
Sandwich bags: I could buy a sandwich box.
Water bottle: I used the one I did when I took my dog to the park so I could get a special water bottle for his water traveling usage.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
All. I believe I could find a way to get use to living with out the item. It would just take a lot of commitment.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Most hygiene products!
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Purchasing a cup for my coffee for when I go to Starbucks or Peets, getting my dog a personal traveling water bottle, and using tubs for my sandwich and lunch snacks instead of plastic sandwich bags!
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
This was an awesome experience and I’m stoked to continue to lessen my plastic usage!