July 22, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Paul Kane, Week 2

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Nothing new. Thanks everyone for the suggestions from last week.

Location:Denver, Colorado, United States

Name: Paul Kane

Week: 2

Personal Info:

See Week #1

Paul Kane’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
soy/coconut milk cartons in our fridge!

various plastic stickers on fruits/veggies (i pulled them off and left them behind) is this effective? i kept the paper stickers

i finally got ahold of the office of controller to be removed (again-first time lasted a couple of years) from receiving paycheck stubs, so hopefully that’s one less plastic window through the mail

Total items collected: 29

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
5 tofu tubs #2
1 soy margarine container #5
1 mouth wash bottle #1

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 plastic bags
2 plastic mail windows
3 plastic caps
3 pieces of plastic wrapped on the end of bananas
1 plastic tag from a bunch of radishes
1 plastic roll from Ecodent dental floss
3 plastic seals from olive oil and almond extract bottles
5 plastic tofu tops
1 plastic insert from an olive oil bottle
1 plastic lid from the soy margarine container

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
soy margarine container, although i haven’t seen any organic vegan options, i will search for one.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
mouth wash bottle (this was from work, my last one)
still working on the tofu issue. will read about how to make it this week.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
none

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
finding more time to make stuff as opposed to buying it

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
soy margarine container

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
reducing the amount of plastic that i do not actually buy, but just streams into my life, like mail and various items left at our door (a catalog wrapped in plastic, this week!) is a never ending battle. also, i did not know that plastic caps can be downcycled, so i will be saving those up, instead of throwing them into the trash and finally- Beth Terry, you are rad!