October 15, 2010

Tony Hancock, Ethical Ocean, Week 1

Tony Ethical Ocean plastic waste

Name: Tony Hancock
Week: 1

Personal Info:

I’m Tony from Ethical Ocean (www.ethicalocean.com). I’m a male and live in a house with two other people, and I work on our website from home.

Total items: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Two pop bottles

Items: Nonrecyclable
One egg container
A bread bag
a Takeout container
Ziploc bags

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The ziploc bags, and definitely the takeout containers.

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?
I’m not sure what to do about eggs. I buy free run eggs, which in Toronto seem to always come in plastic containers rather than paper. I am a firm believer in free run, so I won’t be switching to regular eggs in paper containers…I need to try to find some local suppliers of eggs perhaps.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I think I could stop drinking soda. I don’t normally drink it, so I am a bit surprised there we two bottles this week.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Ziploc bags, soda bottle.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I seem to have a lot of staples which come in plastic. I should look where I can get alternatives (bread and eggs) as these offenses are repeated every week.

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