August 23, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 2

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Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand

Name: Mark Purdy

Week: 2

Personal Info:

Mark Purdy’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Supermarket checkout bags ( I have used reusable bags for years), clingfilm -wrapped items at bakery, sauce mixes packed in plastic. I chose olive oil in glass rather than plastic.

Total items collected: 26

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
milk bottle #2, coke bottle #1,
dishwash liquid bottle #1,
broken plastic container #5.

All these recyclable at kerbside.

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 chip bags from work do,
1x meat tray,
muffin splits bag,
2x bread bags + tags,
sliced ham bag,
instant noodles bag,
Gingernuts wrapper,
cookie time wrapper,
sausages bag (took 3 weeks to use contents),
milo packet,
bit of clingfilm from a piece of cake my parents gave me,
1 bag from bookstore,
2 envelope windows,
bag & tape from furoshiki wraps,
3 wrappers from trade magazines.

All trash.

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?
Milk is only available in plastic here. Plastic-free bread works out quite a bit more expensive.

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?
There are no or very few alternatives to many items.
Some of the items on my list are things I had before starting the challenge, and won’t get replaced. I also have a few items this week that took several weeks to use.

2 comments
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

Thanks for posting you week two tally. Not sure if you have this where you live in New Zealand but I'm able to find dish washing detergent in boxes at my local grocery store.

Mark Purdy
Mark Purdy

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have a look when I next need some.