December 21, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Meghna Mehta, Week 1


Location:  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Name: Meghna Mehta

Week: 1

Personal Info:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1. A plastic water bottle
2. Plastic carry bags

Total items collected: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
Plastic carry bags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
1. Water bottle
2. Plastic carry bag

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
1. Face mask

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
1. Face wash
2. Sunscreen
3. Dish washing liquid
4. Clothes washing soap
5. Floor cleaning liquid
6. Toilet cleaning liquid
7. Shampoo
8. Conditioner
9. Toothbrush
10. Toothpaste
11. Perfume (the nozzle is plastic)
12. Plastic containers/wrapping for food stuff like milk, oil and dry grains like pulses
13. Take away food boxes

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I would love to figure out a store near my location which sells things like milk, oil and pulses in bulk so I can use my own glass jars.

I would also love to know brands that sell cleaning products (both personal and household) in plastic free packaging.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I am trying to reduce take away food by going out to eat instead of ordering in when me and my husband feel like eating out. This may not be successful all the time, but we are trying to reduce it.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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