November 15, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 14

week 14

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 14

Personal Info:

I live in an apartment with my cat. We’re in a metropolitan area outside the city, that’s not really suburbia, but not really urban.

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 23

Total weight: 6.6 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Curbside recyclable

Face wash bottle used up – now using a bar soap from the same brand (lid and pump nonrecyclable) (#1)

Other recyclable

Take out container from Macaroni Grill (#5)
Bakery clamshell from lemon bars – impulse buy (#1)
Tofu container (film cover nonrecyclable) (#2)

Items: Nonrecyclable
Garbage bag
Pop Tart wrapper (eaten at a friend’s)
From GoGreen Conference: coffee cup lid, fork, small container and lid, Pop Chips bag
Cheese wrapper
2 Subway drink lids
Burgerville drink lid – #7 ecotainer plastic which is supposed to be compostable
2 ice cream lid seals
Torn nylon knee high
Produce twist tie
Sticker from new jeans
Frozen pizza wrapper
Envelope window
2 pull tabs from aseptic containers (almond milk, veggie broth)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Bakery items, take out 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?

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?