May 13, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Beth Terry, Week 19


Location:Oakland, California, United States

Name: Beth Terry

Week: 19

Personal Info:

I am the founder of and have been collecting my plastic and attempting to live as plastic-free as possible since June of 2007.

See my previous years’ tallies at:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic-coated cups with plastic lids, and so much more!

Total items collected: 6

Total weight: .2 ounces

Items: Recyclable
1) Expired bank card. Earthworks systems collects used gift cards to recycle. I’m not sure if they will accept expired credit cards or not. There could be fraud issues.

Items: Nonrecyclable
2-3) Two plastic envelope windows. Read about what plastic envelope windows are made of here:  /2009/04/year-2-week-42-results-05-oz-of-plastic/

4) Window from a cardboard compact fluorescent light bulb package

5-6) Stickers from a box of Lush Toothy Tabs, my alternative to toothpaste in a plastic tube:  /2011/08/searching-for-the-perfect-all-natural-plastic-free-toothpaste-or-powder-or-soap-or/

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10 years ago

When I contacted earthworks they said you can cut up cards into as many pieces as you want – I think I’m going to save up cards (maybe collect from people at work too), so small pieces of multiple cards wouldn’t be able to be pieced together.