May 4, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Michaela Senicola-Payden, Week 1


Where can I purchase milk in reusable containers locally ?

Location:  Antioch, CA, United States

Name: Michaela Senicola-Payden

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Female, in a committed relationship, work away from home.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Gogurts, Oreos, salad, protein bars, candy & water (in plastic bottles). There was a few more things but I can’t think of them right now.

Total items collected: 18

Total weight: Approx 1 pound

Items: Recyclable
My 5 bottles can be recycled but I can’t find recycling numbers but they all say please recycle .
My Walmart bag and thank you bag can be recycled at a local bag recycling faculty, I know this because on the bags it says “Please return to a participating store for recycling.”
My cup, two lids and two straws can be recycled and I actually found a #5 on the bottom of the cup.
My TV dinner and film can be recycled and the # I found was 5.

Items: Nonrecyclable
My chicken strips container, tea cover, Popsicle wrapper, and cheese all don’t say they could be recycled although I do believe I could put it in my recycling bin at home to be recycled.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could easily bring my own bags to restaurants and shopping centers when doing my shopping or dinning out. I could also get chicken from the deli and bring my own container or even stop drinking soda and Gatorade and switch to a stainless steel water bottle.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Popsicles, TV dinners and Gatorade.

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Start drinking water more than soda.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Shopping bags.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I didn’t have as much plastic as I thought I would have, although I’m going to try the challenge again on a very busy week to see if my results change.

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