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.
See my previous years’ tallies at:
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
1) Plastic grocery/shopping bags — bring my own reusable bags wherever I go
2) Sandwich wrapper – brought my Lunchbot container to sandwich shop
3) Coffee cups – made coffee at home all week. Bought bulk coffee beans from local HellOakland coffee shop in my own bag.
4) Plastic envelope windows — Have switched all my banking and bill paying to online.
Total items collected: 6
Total weight: 0.8 ounces
1) Prescription bottle – #2 plastic – sadly these cannot be refilled at the pharmacy, only recycled.
I’m actually unclear as to whether Oakland recycles plastic bottle caps nowadays. The rules keep changing as technology improves. For now, I’m including caps in the non-recyclable column, and since I hold onto my entire stash for educational purposes anyway, it doesn’t matter. The truth is that all plastic recycling is problematic at best.
2) Plastic cap from prescription bottle. (Unknown plastic type)
3) Plastic cap from glass bottle of Heinz white vinegar — used for cleaning (Unknown plastic type. Including the cap and ring as one item)
4) Plastic cap from returnable glass bottle of Straus Creamery organic milk — I didn’t have any of these last year but have decided I need to start drinking milk again, for various reasons. I’ll probably have one of these per week. (#4 plastic. Including the cap and ring as one item)
5) Plastic tear strip from large cardboard Priority Mail envelope. (It didn’t occur to me until this past year that these things are plastic! I still get surprised sometimes.)
6) Little piece of plastic tape on envelope from sample of Made On personal care products which come in metal tins. I’ll be reviewing these products soon.
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The only thing I could have done differently this week was to be super clear about not wanting any plastic tape on envelope.
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?
None are essential, but all make my life better.