February 21, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Lisa S., Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Lisa S.

Week: 1

Personal Info:

female, married, retired, 1 dog

Lisa S.’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
bags at the grocery store

Total items collected: 15

Total weight: 400 grams

Items: Recyclable
milk bottle top #4
toilet paper wrapper #4
multi-purpose cleaner #1
blue berries basket #1
to-go salad container #6
salad dressing #1
olives #5
to-go salad #5
orange juice #2
milk #2
to-go coffee lid #6

Items: Nonrecyclable
fruit tree fertilizer bag
sponge wrapper
soap wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
only use bottled milk which means going to 2 grocery stores

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
to-go food

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
cleaning supplies
Others have plastic alternatives but they aren’t always available and convenient.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Shopping at different stores and possibly paying more.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Togo salads seem like the single item with the highest volume.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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