February 15, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Martha Seaver, Week 1


Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Martha Seaver

Week: 1

Personal Info:

F 58

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

Bagging vegetables at grocery
Plastic bag at dog park
Drinking cup lid

Total items collected: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 takeout container (5)
1 takeout container lid (5)
I tropicana OJ bottle (1)
2 drinking cups (1)
1 drinking cup lid (1)
1 mini-container for salsa (6)
1 bag for prepared grapes (5)

4 newspaper bags
1 takeout container and lid
1 bubble wrao

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 pita chips bag
1 trim & lid of quaker oaks canister
1 bread bag tie
1 freshness seal for soy milk
1 freshness seal for mouthwash container
1 Craisins bag
1 plastic seal for TV dinner
1 freshness seal for gum package

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
pita chip bag
Craisins bag
trim for Quaker oats container

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

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Cook instead of TV dinner
Take plastic bags to market for getting bulk Craisins and oats
Don’t chew gum

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Gum packaging

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
A lot of plastic is packaging and freshness seals for convenience food. I can be more aware and seek out non-plastic options of packaging when purchasing things, and take containers to market to package food, take reusable cup for coffee drinks

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