July 17, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Logan, Week 1



Any suggestions for trash bag replacements?

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States

Name: Logan

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Logan’s personal blog: http://www.blojewelry.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags at the grocery. I usually buy a bottle of water (or two – almost every day) but this week I used my reusable water bottle more than I ever had.

Total items collected: 67

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
Utensils, food containers, bags/food packaging, honey packets, flossing picks, trashbags, and Q-tips

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Food containers, bottles, utensils, and Q-tips.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I believe there are alternatives for all of them..

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
More planning. Not reaching for things out of convenience.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Utensils. From now on I will carry a set of silverware in my bag.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Becoming plastic-free will be challenging, but not impossible :)

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3 Comments on "Plastic Challenge: Logan, Week 1"

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I make my own small trash bags from newspaper – one every couple of weeks is usually enough to handle the trash I can’t compost/recycle.  So simple, even a six-year-old can do it – and she does!  http://retrohousewifegoesgreen.com/2010/01/no-more-plastic-bags-what-now/

 @Eve Stavros
 Great link!  Thanks for posting.

Hi Logan.  Welcome to the challenge!  Here is an article I wrote about plastic trash bags:  /2010/02/collecting-garbage-without-plastic-trash-bags/  But you should also check out this hilarious video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oiThSyPHKAo
I have found chia seeds in the bulk bin of my local Whole Foods and just bring my own jar to buy them.  I wonder if you could also find them in bulk?