April 7, 2012

Plastic Challenge: sandy, Week 8

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I’ve gone fallow. We were travelling quite a bit in the last month so we quit counting. I need support. Help. I’ve hoarded so much plastic to reuse that my hoarding closet it full.

Location:mountain view, California, United States

Name: sandy

Week: 8

Personal Info:

Gotten distracted.

sandy’s personal blog: http://spiraljetty.livejournal.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
One bag at Office Depot. We took in printer cartridges to recycle and I had a bag of them with me. If you have an Office Depot account, they’ll give you $2 per cartridge and take 10 per month.
Refused plastic coated paper clips. I suppose they’d be good for organizing but theres a less intrusive way.

Total items collected: 0

Total weight: 0

Items: Recyclable
Nothing, I’ve got nothing.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Those orange printer cartridge things. I have at least 10 of them saved.

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We lost hope when we couldn’t get rid of plastics on our lunch items (cheese, deli meat). It overwhelmed us. Great post with ideas from Beth in todays discussion has rejuvinated me. Thanks Beth.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I need to clear out this closet.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I noticed that other people that I visited in the last month were completely unaware of how to reduce or reuse their plastic. I may try to share my ideas with my loved ones a bit more.

2 comments
Natalie
Natalie

Hi Sandy,

I think it's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to plastic. It's impossible to avoid! Stories like yours make me think about how much plastic is a bigger problem than each of us. I won't be able to stop accumulating plastic, no matter how hard I try, because it is also an industry-wide and society-wide problem. Of course it's always fun trying. =)

I think Beth's comment is right on. Often I have to change the way I do things in order to reduce plastic. You have to pick and choose your battles for that, though, because sometimes habits and comfort really do take a lot of effort to overcome. One small change at a time.

Thanks for spreading information to your friends! I think my plastic-avoiding ways have influenced my friends and family too. At least they think about their purchases more. That's great.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Sandy. Welcome back! Sorry you lost hope for a while, but I'm glad you're rejuvenated again. What solutions have you come up with for lunch items? My solution was to rethink what lunch means for me in the first place. There are lots of other foods besides deli meats and cheeses for sandwiches. Let me know if you want some ideas. (Of course, most of my ideas are veggie, these days.)