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Mark Purdy - New Zealand - Week 1
Mark Purdy
September 25, 2019 - 1:48 am

Intro: I tried the plastic challenge a few years ago, but having re-read Beth’s book recently, I have decided to have another go to see how much more I can reduce the plastic I use. I am including items that have been given to me, as well as what I have bought. I am not including anything that is a result of the products used in the course of my work as a roofer, as I have little to no say in what is used there, although anything resulting from new or replacement work clothing or PPE will count, regardless of whether supplied to me, or something I purchase myself.

Week 1 – week ending 14/9/19

Number of items: 15

Recyclable items: 2 meat trays (#1), 1 milk jug (#2). The rest is not recyclable.


2 bags from frozen sausages (each had 2 left in the bottom, needed to be used), 1 coffee packet, a bread roll bag, a English muffin bag ( I usually reuse these, but this had a hole in it after being used a couple of times in the freezer), a cookie bag, a soap wrapper, a Maggi beef bourgionne pack, 2 meat wrappers, and a electric toothbrush head & packaging from its replacement.

Looking at my photo & list, what feelings arise for me? 

Sure, there’s a lot of plastic I don’t use, but there’s still room for improvement.

Mark Purdy
September 25, 2019 - 1:58 am

Week 2, ending 21/9/19

Total number of items: 15

Recyclable: 2 meat trays, 1 milk jug

Not recyclable: frozen chips bag, frozen veggie bag, 3x musli bar wrappers (don’t normally have these, but I keep some in the emergency kit in my vehicle, and they need replaced when they get near to expiry, as these were) 2 bits clingfilm from items given to me, a cookie bag, a cheese wrapper, beef bourgionne pack, a bread bag that had been reused to keep paint brushes from drying out during a painting project, a meat wrapper, and a broken twist tie. 

Looking at my photo and list, what feelings arise for me? I’m making progress, but using up items I already have. I certainly can find ways to reduce the need for packaged, frozen food.

Mark Purdy
October 1, 2019 - 12:42 am

Week 3, ending 28/9/19

Total number of items: 9

Recyclable: 1 milk jug

Not recyclable: cookie bag, blister pack from AAA batteries, bit of clingfilm that contained food I was given, handle from a broken knife, 2 soap packets, toilet paper wrapper, bits of polyester thread from clothing repair.

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