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Location:Oakland, California, United States
Name: Beth Terry
I am the founder of MyPlasticfreeLife.com and have been collecting my plastic and attempting to live as plastic-free as possible since June of 2007. Last year, I collected my plastic but did not post tallies regularly. This year, I plan to post a tally each week on the challenge web site.
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1) Take-out sandwich wrappers. I brought my Lunchbots container with me to a local sandwich shop a few times this week when I didn’t have time to make lunch at home.
2) Plastic bread wrapper. Bought a loaf of Semifreddi’s sourdough bread in a paper bag. More often, I bring my own cloth bag to a local bakery and avoid any disposable bag at all.
3) Grocery packaging. Bought corn flakes, prunes, pearled barley, and chocolate covered almonds from bulk bins in my own reused bags instead of buying pre-packaged foods or plastic bulk bags. Also bought tomato paste in a glass jar instead of a BPA-lined can.
4) Plastic envelope windows from bank statements and other bills that I receive online.
5) Coffee cups and lids. Made my own coffee at home (coffee beans purchased from bulk bins) or brought my mug with me.
6) Tater tots in a plastic bag. Made my own. http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/01/homemade-tater-tots-recipe/
7) Wine with a plastic cork or plastic wrapper. Chose Sutton Cellars wine that comes completely 100% plastic-free. Will blog about this winery in a future post.
8) Oh, and of course, plastic shopping bags! I bring my own bags with me whenever I leave the house — always have a few ChicoBags and reused folded paper bags in my purse, so I am never caught without a bag.
Total items collected: 8
Total weight: .4 oz
1) Expired VISA credit card – recyclable via http://www.earthworkssystem.com/Consumers/
2-5) Cap, neck, pull tab, and wrapper from glass bottle of Spectrum sunflower oil used to make homemade tater tots. Never again.
6) Plastic seal from around a glass jar of Better Than Bouillon soap base.
7-8) Two plastic envelope windows from Kaiser Permanente and Visa – for my new credit card. (Otherwise, I get statements online.)
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I will never again use an entire bottle of oil to fry a few potatoes. No more deep frying for me. Also… I may have been able to find the oil in bulk at Rainbow Grocery if I had not been so impulsive.
I could make my own vegetable broth instead of using Better Than Bouillon, but that’s honestly probably never going to happen. I do have an awesome guest poster coming up this week who will explain how she makes homemade broth.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
The sunflower oil.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
None are essential. Some are convenient.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Rethinking what truly makes me happy. Tater tots? Not as much as I thought.