Location:Oakland, California, United States
Name: Beth Terry
I am the founder of MyPlasticfreeLife.com and have been collecting my plastic and attempting to live as plastic-free as possible since June of 2007.
See my previous years’ tallies at:
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1) Plastic shopping bags – bring my own
2) Plastic cups and bottles — bring my own travel mug
3) Plastic produce bags — bring my own cloth bags and also buy produce “naked”
4) Plastic utensils — Ate my crepe at the farmers market last Sunday with my fingers because I forgot to bring my own utensil set
5) Plastic take-out containers — bring my own stainless steel ones
6) Plastic produce stickers — shopped at the farmers market where there are no stickers on the produce
7) Plastic tofu wrap — brought my own container for bulk tofu from Hodo Soy at the Temescal farmers market
Total items collected: 1 new / 2 purchased prior to June 2007
Total weight: .1 oz new / .2 oz purchased prior to June 2007
1) 1 bottle caps from old glass soy sauce bottle bought over 5 years ago that we have been refilling from bulk soy sauce. I finally recycled the bottle this week because the narrow neck makes it too difficult to clean out. Caps-n-Cups will accept all plastic caps, no matter what kind of plastic, to downcycle into secondary products. CapsCanDo will accept most plastic caps.
2) Plastic pour spout inside soy sauce bottle lid
3) Tiny plastic condiment cup I ended up with accidentally from Souley Vegan restaurant in Oakland. The rest of the meal came with durable foodware, utensils, glasses. Why oh why give us a disposable plastic condiment cup??? And as you can see, I forgot to bring it home with me, so this image I downloaded from the web will have to stand in for it. The weight, obviously, is an estimate.
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could be even more vigilant about requesting no plastic at restaurants when ordering my meal. But honestly, this one was a surprise because I didn’t even realize there would be a condiment with it in the first place.