December 19, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 23

Week 23

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 23

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 12

Total weight: 1.6 ounces

Items: Recyclable
op bottle bought at airport on the way back from Mexico

Items: Nonrecyclable
Candy wrapper bought at airport on the way back from Mexico
2 snack mix packages on the flight back from Mexico – I thought I’d buy something at the airport for dinner when the flight landed in San Diego en route to Portland, but the first leg of the flight was delayed so going through customs took up the entire layover, and I didn’t have time. I was actually hungry enough to accept the airplane snacks.
2 frozen pizza wrappers
Vegan Go Max Go candy wrapper (so good!)
4 lint roller sheets
Yves veggie dog package – I just noticed that the ingredient list says “may contain eggs”. I don’t like to try new meat substitutes, so as to not increase the number of processed foods that I like, but I might have to find a new hot dog that I know is vegan, to have occasionally for a treat.
Lid seal from a paint bottle
3 produce stickers

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?