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.
Total items collected: 5
Total weight: .6 ounces
1) Straus milk cap — apparently, Caps-n-Cups will accept all plastic caps to recycle no matter what kind of plastic. Or downcycle I should say. They get made into lots of different secondary products.
2) 1 plastic envelope window – junk mail – remove myself via Catalog Choice
3) Pieces of scotch tape from late birthday gift from co-worker
4) Hanger card from bracelet – birthday gift from another co-worker
5) Ooh, this is a baddie bad one. Plastic wrapper from plastic headphones on Virgin America plane. You know how I always say you should remember to bring your headphones on planes when you travel to avoid getting the cheap plastic airplane headphones? Well, I forgot mine. And instead of just doing without, which is what I really should have done, I broke down and bought the plastic ones. Why? Because I’m scared to fly and listening to music as the plane takes off really helps. And because I like Virgin America for the movies, which also take my mind off flying. And probably because I was tired. These are all silly excuses I know.
So I plan to keep the cheap plastic headphones and use them over and over when I fly, to avoid the possibility of losing my good thinksound headphones. And when the cheap plastic ones inevitably break, they will end up in my tally. Arg!
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Those blasted headphones. If I remember to bring my own, there won’t be any need to buy new ones. And even if I forget next time, I swear I will not buy new ones but will meditate instead.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
None. I don’t have to drink milk, but I am really feeling the need to this year.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Better planning, more sleep, less rationalizing.