September 9, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 5

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Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand

Name: Mark Purdy

Week: 5

Personal Info:

I live in a small town, that serves surrounding farming areas; I own, and am renovating, my 1930′s cottage. I currently am the only occupant of the house; and work for a local roofing company.
My hobbies are wood working, kendo, and Roman re-enactment.

Mark Purdy’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic bags at bakery & supermarket, and when buying supplies for work. I’m trying to pick the plastic free options when shopping whenever possible.

Total items collected: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 juice containers #1. one of these was from the kendo club on Saturday.

recyclable at kerbside.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Cookie time wrapper,
Gingernuts wrapper,
Bag from sliced ham,
Fruit bar wrapper (I have an army RAT pack at home that needs used up so there will be a few items from it over the next few weeks)
Tribrowns bag,
2 envelope windows,
A fruit sticker,
Sea off a milk bottle,
Tape off a soap 4 pack,
A head from a electric toothbrush & the pack from its replacement,
2 bread tags.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The sliced ham bag

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Fruit stickers (I don’t get many of these anyway)

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?