April 28, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Manu, Week 2

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Name: Manu

Week: 2

Location: France

Personal Info:

See Manu’s Week 1 Post: http://myplasticfreelife.com/plastic-challenge-pix/2011/03/manu-week-1/

Total items: 53

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
I’m still not sure for everything, but here is what I would have put in the bin for “recyclable” things.

1 – pasta plastic package
2 – cheese package (emmental and mozzarella, organics but also with plastic)
1 – milk mixed package (carton / aluminium / plastic even if you can not see it), even if I’m asking myself if they are doing something of it. I’ve to investigate…
1 – plastic cover for a glass package of cream
1 – plastic cork from a metallic bottle of grenadine
3 – bier bottle caps, metallic but lined with plastic
7 – public transport tickets, 90% carton at least, but a little bit of plastic on it I think. I have to ask about it, too.
5 – bills (paper but with a little bit of BPA on it for most of them)
1 – endives plastic package
1 – carrots plastic package

Items: Nonrecyclable
Once again, some of them might be recyclable one time (if we accept to wear clothes made out of PVC for example..).
2 – plastic bags from a italian delicatessen.
3 – nice pink plasticized papers to cover the food carton boxes from the italian delicatessen, to avoid it to spill in the bags
4 – little bio-coop plastic labels (paper bags, but still plastic labels as you have to weight your things by yourself..).
1 – sponges plastic package (I’m also asking myself what they’re made of.. seems quite bad..)
3 – hummus plastic package as there is a box, a cover and an other plastic-paper protection to keep the transparent plastic cover clean sot that it looks better (I bought a small one for a picnic with some friends and went back at home with a larger one.. but I also finished it, so…).
2 – bred plastic package
3 – pieces of contact lens PVC box (is it good for my eyes too ? Should I get Surgery ?).
1 – contact lens plastic bottle
1/2 – pills package (I use two complete packages each month..).
1 – special stamp glue protection
1 – cut cheese paper (a little bit plasticized too)
1 – video cassette plastic package (the cassette itself is full of plastic too, but I might be able to use it again..)
1 – letter fully plastic package (from the public treasure.. they want to be sure the taxes papers arrives well, you can not say it was not readable thanks to the rain.. :)
1 – apple cover plastic package (for 8 organic apples in a carton box)
1 – chocolate plastic package (“unifying” three paper packages.. no way to have this type of chocolate in an other way.. I have to find a new dealer).
1 – pastry carton/plastic bottom (so that it can look like a solid gold paper !)
2 – used contact lenses
2 – stickers protection

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Again, the plastic bags, most of the packages could be avoided, more or less easily. I should soon receive a first coton bag, and I want to make some by myself, out of old clothes (for the italian delicatessen, fruits and vegetable and other things…). For the pastas, I could also buy it in detail in bio-coops (cooperative organic supermarkets).

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Contact lenses and packaging if I go to surgery ? (I’m a little bit afraid of it, even if I should do it now if I want to do it… a lot of plastic involved in the surgery too. Is it more than with few years of contact lenses, wearing it few times a week ?). The tax bill plastic letter. I think I could be able to survive without.. :).. hummus plastic package (I can also learn to do it by myself to be able to bring it for the picnic with the vegetables, in reusable boxes..). Or find a delicatessen where I should put it directly in one of my boxes..

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk, again. Not yet found any glass bottle (it’s already more difficult to find organic milk which is not in 100% plastic bottle..)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Still having difficulties with the clothes (not buying a lot of them, I bought only coton clothes during the last six months, but it becomes more difficult with shoes, for example..).

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Food packaging, again. It’s better than it used to be, but I can still improve on this side..

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Lots of things to explore and to change, again. It looks like a never ending story.. :)

1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Manu. Yes, most sponges themselves are made from plastic. There are some sponges made from natural cellulose, which are biodegradable. And of course there are natural sea sponges, but I do not recommend using them to wash dishes... for the sake of the ocean!

I keep hearing people mention getting laser surgery to avoid plastic vision care supplies. I would never advise surgery. That is between you and your doctor. My solution is to wear glasses, but they don't work for everyone. It's a personal question.

I hope you will post pictures of the cotton bags you make.

Shoes are hard. But my advice is to concentrate on reducing the disposable packaging waste first before you worry too much about shoes. For now, I would say just get a really good pair that will last a long time. If you can find them secondhand, even better.