December 5, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 7

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Packaging tape? What do I do about that? I know you can communicate with some sellers and tell them to use the stuff without plastic but what do you do when you order from Amazon? I don’t think you can communicate with sellers on there.

Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 7

Personal Info:

My name is Mary Katherine and I’m 16. I’m really concerned about the environment. I would like to eliminate plastic from my life. (Except my glasses and my retainers.) Eventually I think I can do it.

Mary Katherine’s personal blog: http://www.theplasticfreechef.wordpress.com

Total items: 16

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
None.

Items: Nonrecyclable
3 milk rings
1 pizza table
1 envelope seal protector
Packaging tape
Plastic lined granola bag (A guy at Whole Foods gave this to my mum for free.)
Sushi grass…
Plastic bag from dental floss
2 plastic windows from pasta boxes
Last tub ever of Americone Dream
Buttermilk carton (I haven’t gotten around to ordering a culture yet)
1 bag of chips (I forgot a lunch and I was going to be sick because I was so hungry. I’ve been way better about lunches overall though.)
Plastic wrap from muffin (same day I bought the chips)
1 seal from kombucha bottle (not pictured)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I’m going to buy a culture and start making buttermilk.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Sushi grass and pizza tables. You can just ask them not to put them in the food at restaurants. I already gave up chips and ice cream.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk rings and windows from pasta boxes. Pasta boxes with windows have the least amount of plastic out of any pasta I can buy around here.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Packing lunch every day

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I’m going to buy some packaging tape without plastic so I can send my Granny her Christmas present.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Sushi grass is ridiculous.

2 comments
Alison
Alison

I recently found (and used) a button on Amazon's website to give them feedback on their packaging. They seem to really want to know how people feel about it and you can even upload/send a photo of your package.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

My strategy on Amazon is to see if I can find the sellers off the Amazon site -- if the items are sold by third parties rather than Amazon itself. And I try and send them an email that way. For example, years back when I bought my porcelain coffee maker, the Amazon seller was Greenfeet, so I looked them up on Google (I hadn't heard of Greenfeet before that) and sent an email asking how the coffee maker would be packaged if I bought it through Amazon. Why not try that?

It does seem that Amazon is mailing books in bubble mailers these days. :-(