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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