February 7, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Maggie McFarland, Week 1


ways of circumventing plastic packaging in buying groceries

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Maggie McFarland

Week: 1

Personal Info:

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


Total items collected: 10

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
disposable plastic spoons

Items: Nonrecyclable
pasta food packaging
candy wrappers
fruit snack packaging

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
metal utensils

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
junk food (for its packaging)

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
healthier eating habits, distancing myself from processed (and often plastic packaged) foods

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
candy wrappers

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
The use of disposable utensils is easily avoidable by being prepared.

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