January 24, 2011

Michelle C, Week 2


Michelle's plastic waste

Name: Michelle C.

Week: 2

Personal Info:

Michelle lives in Portugal. Read her full description in her Week 1 Post.

Total items: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Down-cyclable – none

Items: Nonrecyclable
* Bag for peas – a friend gave, but very nice as I´ve not bought them in about 2 years!

* A can – tomatoes are tricky.

* Top of Colmans mustard – up until 2 years ago it was metal.

* Toothpaste

* Yogurt pot – will reuse for seeds, but no excuse.

* Razor holder, thought better than disposable, maybe not…? The re-fill also come in plastic.

* Plastic bag x 3 – 2 bread colleges bought at new job, 1 for dividers for a file for work

* Filter for a camera lens case – the filter’s long gone.

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I´ll have to take my own bread to work, the closest shop only has it in plastic. But didn´t want to seem rude when they bought it.

I need to learn how to make yogurt…

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?

Toothpaste I have found in metal! But the lid is still plastic.

Although other tins are easy to give up, tomatoes do jazz a meal up & there isn’t an alternative, I don´t think. Not until next year when I´ll try & grow & jar my own.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Getting in the kitchen & making yogurt, not sure why the thought of it scares me…

I should of thought & made dividers.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Maybe I should write to Colmans. But writings not my strong point. I´ll look about

I end up with far more plastic than I thought I would!!

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3 Comments on "Michelle C, Week 2"

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Thank you!!! I shall check them out. Way cheaper. Well there´s no surprise, so often alternatives are. Ha ha Kate, I understand how you feel, it is kinda weird. Especially as yesterday I saw Beth posts it on Facebook as well! Ahh, I´m there for all to see! But already it´s working & I´m finding more alternatives. But no not for tomatoes or some other tins stuff…. No there isn´t any glass ones. The irony is I´m only buying local fresh tomatoes so not sure why I´m buying these, except for the fact we´ve made so many other food changes… Read more »

First of all, I admire you for showing your trash. I’m not there yet.
Second of all, I just wanted to say that I use the safety razor and even the same blades Beth recommended (actually, my husband uses it too) and we like it very much. We go through the blades more quickly (every 2 weeks or so) since there are two of us and he has really coarse hair, but it’s still a much lower waste solution. Wayyyy cheaper too. That box of 100 blades was like 15 bucks or something.

Michelle, have you thought of getting a metal safety razor? Here’s info about the razor I use and where I get the blades: /2007/08/plastic-free-shaving-part-1/ I bought a box of 100 blades and I actually expect them to last me forever if I take care of them.

Can you find tomatoes in a glass jar?