April 26, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Teyonna Townsel, Week 1

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Location:  Antioch, CA, United States

Name: Teyonna Townsel

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m a 22 year old females living with my boyfriend and 2 daughters.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
The only plastic items I would say I refused are the plastic bags at the grocery store. I bring my own reusable bags.

Total items collected: 49

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
13 Plastic Water Bottles #1
4 Cascade Ice Water Bottler #1
4 Soda/Brisk Bottles #1
1 Butter Tub #5

Items: Nonrecyclable
Dog Food Bag
Frozen Vegetables Bag
Baby Food Containers
Baby Formula Scoops
Baby Formula Lid/Container
Diced Apples Bowl
Bacon Wrapper
Kraft Singles Wrappers
Plastic Straw
Smoothie Cup And Lid
Caesar Salad Dressing Pack
Caesar Salad Pack
Ironically, The Plastic Bag I Kept All These Items In

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Honestly the majority of items I use that involve plastic I could replace with less plastic alternatives. Baby food containers, frozen veggie bags, cheese wrappers, dog food bag and plastic water bottles

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’m not sure if I would really be willing to give up any of these items with there was no plastic-free alternative.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Baby formula and dog food.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Well instead of buying baby food in plastic containers I could make baby food at home like I used to do. Also, instead of drinking water from plastic water bottles, I could invest in a metal type water bottle.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic water bottles

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
One conclusion I can draw is that instead of worrying about the environment and what my plastic footprint is, I’ve been more focused on convenience. Many of the things I use that involve plastic could easily be replaced with a non plastic alternative.

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