Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand
Name: Mark Purdy
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
milk bottle #2, coke bottle #1,
dishwash liquid bottle #1,
broken plastic container #5.
All these recyclable at kerbside.
2 chip bags from work do,
1x meat tray,
muffin splits bag,
2x bread bags + tags,
sliced ham bag,
instant noodles bag,
cookie time wrapper,
sausages bag (took 3 weeks to use contents),
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.
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.