March 6, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Steve Wiley, Week 1

Location:Santa Cruz, California, United States

Name: Steve Wiley

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Docent training Seymour Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Married, one child living at home.

Steve Wiley’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1 qrt kefer container was recyclable but also had a plastic label shrink wrapped to it, with “Please Recycle” note, it did not have recycle triangle. So I bought another brand.

Total items collected: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 – 1 qrt kefer containers;
2 – plastic shopping bags (forgot my canvas bag that day)
1 – bag of nuts
1 – plastic wrapper for glass gee container
1 – tube of tooth paste
1 – bag of potatoes
1 – container of Vicodin pills

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 – Container for electric timer
1 – dental floss container
1 – bag of corn chips

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic shopping bags

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
5hr energy.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
dental floss (tape)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Shop where fruit and vegetables are not individually wrapped
Drink coffee instead of other energy drinks

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
5hr energy.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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