February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Maggie McFarland, Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Maggie McFarland

Week: 1

Personal Info:

single college student, eating at the dh,

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


Total items collected: 10

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
food wrappers
plastic utensils

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

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
packaging of time sensitive and bacteria prone foods

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
reducing meat purchases in order to avoid packaging, choosing non-plastic packaged brands over others with plastic

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
today, plastic plays a huge role in the way humans preserve, transport and package our foods

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