November 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 17

week 17

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 17

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: 28

Total weight: 4.9 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Tray from box of cookies (from desk drawer)
Molded packaging from a combo charger/backup battery for my new phone. My
understanding of the iGoGreen products is that they’re designed to avoid vampire
power usage when done charging.

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 cracker box inside liners and 1 cookie box inside liner (from desk drawer)
Frozen pizza wrapper
3 produce stickers/labels
Spaghetti bag
2 string cheese wrappers
6 lint roller sheets
Seal from gelato container
Lid from blemish stick
3 seals from supplement bottles
3 caramel wrappers – there’s a snack shelf at work about 20 feet from desk. I normally do pretty well avoiding it, but lately I’ve been tired and needing a little sugar for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.
2 potato chip bags – one from lunch at Subway. I usually get cookies instead, which come in a paper bag, but sometimes I try to be healthier with baked chips.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The items labeled (from desk drawer) are snacks that I had in my desk from last year that I didn’t finish eating, and have just been sitting there getting stale. My office is moving to another building, so I’ve been cleaning out stuff. It’s kind of interesting to find stuff from the past that I wouldn’t plan on replacing now.

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?