April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 5

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Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 5

Personal Info:

I live in a 2 -bedroom condo with my husband in Bellevue, Washington. (No kids, no pets…) We gave up orange juice and soup in a box from this week. We switched milk in a box to milk in a glass jar.

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

- Plastic bags

Total items collected: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
- 1 chicken stock box
- 2 Shopping bubble wraps (to UPS store)
- 1 air bag (to UPS store)

Items: Nonrecyclable
- 2 Delivery box tapes
- 1 Delivery bag, and 1 item bag,
- 1 Bubble padded envelope
- 2 Shipping box tape, 1 shipping bag, 1 product bag
- 1 Beets tie, 1 beans bag, 1 Salami wrap
- 2 Glass bottle cap wrappers
- 1 Soup box 1 inner seal
- 1 Milk bottle cap, 1 ring
- 3 Q-tips (I found the handle was plastic!)
- 1 Plastic window from pasta box

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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