February 22, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 3

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I need find no-plastic mole skin, or alternatives for hiking/mountain scrambling. (Maybe we just suck it up and toughen up our feet.)

Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I am getting figured out how to count our plastic items better. I got so much plastic from online shopping. I found out later I could have got one of them in a local store. I will check out local stores first next time. We started bringing own container for meat and ham counters to avoid any waxed paper wrappers. I signed up a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) since my work place is one of their delivery spots.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Shopping bags, wrappers

Total items collected: 42

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
– Bunch of packing air bags (UPS store takes them to reuse them.)
– 1 yogurt container #5 (lid, inner seals, also plastic)
– 1 soup box (small inner seal, also plastic)
– 1 orange juice box w/cap
– 1 Liquid soap #2 w/cap
– 1 oil bottle #2
– 1 vitamin bottle #2 w/cap

Items: Nonrecyclable
– 14 food wrappers and bags (bars, pasta, salad, nuts, crackers, cheese, butter…etc)
– 1 Tooth paste tube w/cap
– 1 Plastic utensil (I kept them to scoop spices.)
– 5 plastic bags from online shopping
– 3 plastic tapes from delivery boxes
– Mole skin used during scrambling/hiking

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Tooth paste and chocolate

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Orange juice and soup in a box

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Mole skin for our feet

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Research, and shop at a store to avoid plastic delivery materials if I can find what I am looking for.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Coffee maker

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

1 comments
CristinnaP
CristinnaP

hey, 

As far as I am concerned, the benefits of plastic industry in our lives are

propotrionally greater then the disadvantages from a simple and important

aspect, recycling.

On the other hand, the toxic effects that are causing to our health must be

treated with a lot of consideration. Hopefully, scientist will find a way to

diminish this aspect.

Especially, because,this days, we all use plastic for many things.I, for

one, mostly in house hold use (storage,etc), but also for preservative of

spices, for  example.

I think I should take this challenge too, in order to control plastic's

influence in my life.

In conclusion, there are many arguments, pro and cons/against.

Recently, I read a very interesting report/statistics on this, on

http://www.allinpackaging.co.uk

that changed a bit my optics regarding this matter.