December 14, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 8

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Is it possible to find plastic free hair elastics?

Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 8

Personal Info:

I’m Mary Katherine and I’m 16. I live with my family, and I’m trying to throw less plastic away. I think eventually I can eliminate plastic from my life. (Except retainers and glasses.)

Mary Katherine’s personal blog:

Total items: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 haagen dazs ice cream tub+lid (This is my mum’s boyfriend’s fault. I did not buy this!)
2 plastic windows from pasta boxes
1 piece of plastic wrap (I forget what this is from)
1 plastic spoon from ice cream place (I completely forgot to bring mine in from the car. I’m getting a purse for Christmas so I’ll be able to have stuff like that accessible all the time.)
2 milk rings
1 seal from apple cider bottle
1 lid from tub of brie (My mum’s boyfriend bought this. It was all paper except for the window in the lid.)
1 broken hair elastic
1 plastic straw from a restaurant (Not pictured)
1 plastic dish of sour cream from a restaurant. (Not pictured)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
There are probably plastic free hair elastics.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Nothing this week.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Hair elastics, plastic windows from pasta boxes, and milk rings.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Telling mum’s boyfriend to stop bringing plastic stuff home. That’s kind of rude though. I don’t want to make him angry. Or I could just not eat it… But it’s really hard because he always brings home delicious stuff.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Nothing :(

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’ve really cut back. This is good.

3 comments
Katie
Katie

You could use a fabric ribbon tie your hair. After all these years, I bet they still work.

Kay Pere
Kay Pere

I use a pencil to put my hair up, too! Had never met anyone else who does.

I also have several beautiful dichroic glass hair clips from this glass artist that I just love using. Pictured at the upper left of her page, they are about 4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Reasonably priced at her shows. I don't see an Etsy store, so you'd have to contact her directly.

http://www.malabarglass.com/jewelry.html

:-), K

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Mary Katherine, I don't know of any plastic-free hair elastics, but could a wood hair stick like these work for you? Is your hair long enough?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jerryswoodworks?section_id=6866113

That's what I started using, but I have to confess that my sister said it made me look like an old lady. Sometimes I just put my hair back with a pencil.