October 22, 2009

Bibi’s Plastic Challenge, Week #1




  1. Week#: Wednesday 30 September to Wednesday 7 October
  2. Name: Bibi
  3. List of Recyclable Items
    1. PowerAde bottle
    2. laundry detergent bottle….x1
    3. dish liquid bottle…x2
    4. hair shampoo plastic bottle
  4. List of Non-recyclable Items:
    1. Plastic wrapping bags for Klean Kanteen aluminum bottles…x2
    2. Plastic wrapping for Wallstreet Journal…..x7
    3. Plastic wrapping for BMJ…x1
    4. Plastic wrapping for Surgery Magazine…x1
    5. Plastic bag wrapping for children clothing Olive Juice…x3
    6. Plastic bag mail….x1
    7. Paper envelopes with plastic windows….x2
    8. Ecover dishwasher tablets…x6
    9. Plastic and paper bag wrapping with plastic hanger children underwear…x3
    10. Powerade bottle cap
    11. Box with plastic window kids car…x3
    12. Egg white tetra brik (have a glued plastic rim)….x6
    13. Egg white tetra brik caps….x6
    14. Egg white tetra brik whatever you call to open the hole!….x6
    15. Organic Whole milk tetra brik (have a glued plastic rim)…x2
    16. Organic Whole milk tetra brik caps…x2
    17. Organic Whole milk tetra brik whatever you call to open the hole!…x2
    18. Bottle Pedialyte… x2
    19. Crab supreme bags…………x4
    20. Orange juice straws…x4
    21. Plastic wrapping for children ice pops
    22. Frozen vegetable bag…x1
    23. Sanitary towel plastic wrap….10
    24. Spiderman plastic freezing face (for swellings…)…x1
    25. Plastic bags from lego toy….x6
    26. Tap plastic wrapps……..x3
    27. Rubber glove
    28. Shower gel plastic bottled
    29. Plastic wrap on cheese sticks organic valley….x6
    30. Back to nature cashew plastic bags…..x4
    31. Plastic strips for facial cleansing….x3
    32. Plastic wrapping for cold depilatory wax
    33. Plastic bag premixed cookie….x1
    34. Plastic bag gummie bears..x1
    35. Plastic wrapping ice creams….x6
  5. Total number of items:
  6. Total weight of plastic stash: 4.8 lbs
  7. Tally analysis (answers to the following questions)
    • What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?Plastic bag premixed cookie…. Do it myself
      Plastic wrapping for children ice pops…. Do it myself
      Lego toys… buy previously used
    • What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?Cheese sticks, cow milk, facial cleansing strips,
    • How many of these items are from “convenience” foods that could be made from scratch with less packaging but might take more time to prepare?Ice cream, orange juice, lemon juice, cookie dough
    • What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?Female sanitary towels
      BMJ (British Medical Journal)/ Surgery magazine/Wall Street Journal
      cold depilatory wax system
    • What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?Be more aware of plastic. Spend more time in the kitchen, Live a more “aware” lifestyle and sacrifice convenience…
    • What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?Shower gel for soap bar
      Ecover: no more tablets… will buy powder
    • What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?I have to take it easier, and live my life a notch “slower”. I must remind myself more often to respect our Earth
  8. Personal description:
    South Florida
    One child
    Retired surgeon, currently have a start up company which inevitably adds stress in my life because I am in an unknown territory.
    After this week I feel terribly ashamed and embarrassed with myself.
    Thank you Beth for this wake up call.

I love you!

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