February 19, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Savannah Rudroff, Week 1


Can I buy hummus not in plastic containers, or should I just start making it myself?

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Savannah Rudroff

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I am currently a senior Marine Biology major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am taking the docent training class at the Seymour Center. I work as an events coordinator, so oftentimes my meals are away from home, prepared, and served to me.

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

None :(

Total items collected: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Bioware Cup (7)

I am not sure of my other items.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Luna Bar
Halls Fruit Breezers Cough Drops
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Popsicle Wrapper
Kraft Havarti Cheese Slices

I couldn’t find a number on any of these.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could easily use reusable glass tupperware instead of plastic sandwich bags. I could easily make my own popsicles rather than buy them.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’d be willing to give up Luna Bars and Fruit Snacks.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Cheese! Cough Drops!

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I will have to make more homemade stuff.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
My plastic consumption this week is not accurate of how much plastic I usually use. This week I had more work events than normal, and no time for grocery shopping. I need to challenge myself to keep going in weeks that are more accurate of my plastic consumption even if I stopped using plastic bags and stopped buying popsicles.

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