November 15, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Shan V, Week 1


week 1

Nothing yet ; )

Location:, Ontario, Canada

Name: Shan V

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m a female anthropology student studying in Ontario. I’m originally from Nova Scotia. I’m unemployed other than my studies. I live with 5 other university students. I’m cutting down on plastic partially because I’m interested in personal health,but mostly because I think we abuse the environment in entirely unsustainable ways, and we just don’t deserve to.

Shan V’s personal blog:

Total items: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Green shopping bag, white shopping bag, paper towel bag, food container, aloe juice bottle, fruit smoothie bottle, one-use fork, tetra-pak, plastic-coated vegetable tag.

Missing: another plastic fork, soymilk tetra pak

Items: Nonrecyclable
Chocolate chip bag, spinach bag, rice noodle bag, chocolate wrapper, snack bar wrapper, cookie wrapper, menstrual pad wrappers, quinoa package bag, ball of cling wrap.

Missing: A cheese wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Shopping bags, one-use fork are so easy to replace. The others have plastic-free alternatives, all of them.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Juice bottles and tetra paks.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
ESSENTIAL? Hardly anything. But I think I will keep buying spinach (I haven’t found ANY at shops or the farmer’s market without plastic), store soymilk, and cheese (again, nowhere is plastic-free).

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning ahead when eating out. Our university has a reusable food container program, but no reusable cutlery, and I always forget to pack some. It also mean I need to do more strategic shopping at bulk stores and the farmer’s market.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Milk jugs. I found glass ones.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I actually have less than I expected!! :D

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Hi Shan. Welcome to the challenge! It seems like you have thought a lot about your plastic use and are pretty clear on what you can easily cut out and what you need to stick with for a while.

Can you keep reusable utensils in your backpack or purse all the time and just rinse them off in the bathroom sink so you don’t have to remember to pack them each time?