June 14, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Sybil, Week 1


Location:, Connecticut, United States

Name: Sybil

Week: 1

Personal Info:

typically don’t create this much plastic, but someone else has (thankfully and not) been doing the grocery shopping in my household lately.

Sybil’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
hmmm, i used to refuse virtually all plastic, but i have fallen off the so-called wagon lately. i didn’t realize i would have to count, so will do next round.

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
okay, now i know what i need to keep track of next week.

Items: Nonrecyclable
bottle caps

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I must reclaim the grocery shopping task so i can use all of my cloth produce and grocery bags. Also, leave a travel mug in the car, and always have my reusable utensils and chopsticks on hand.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Contact lens solution and containers are always in plastic. I wear my glasses (which are plastic but not quite as disposable) often, but they aren’t ideal for some actions/adventures.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
see above, grocery shopping.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
no coffee to go if i don’t have my mug.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Even though I recycle all that I can, it’s obviously better not to acquire it in the first place.

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Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

Great job so far! I can see contract solution being hard to come up with a plastic alternative. If you are able to find saline and hydrogen peroxide that aren’t in plastic, then you can make your own contact solution and it will cost you much less.