February 17, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Beth Terry, Week 6


Location:Oakland, California, United States

Name: Beth Terry

Week: 6

Personal Info:

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:

Beth Terry’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Bags, take-out food packaging, straws, cups, and all manner of plastic trash.

Total items collected: 3

Total weight: 2.2 ounces

Items: Recyclable
1) Plastic bottle of Balance IT cat food supplement that we use to make our homemade cat food. It’s #2 HDPE plastic. Could go in our recycle bin.

2) Plastic Balance IT 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.

Read about our homemade cat food here:  /2008/10/less-impact-cats-eat-homemade-food/

Items: Nonrecyclable

3) Foam insert inside Balance IT cap

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

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?
Balance IT is essential because it provides the cats with all the vitamins and minerals they need for proper nutrition.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

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Robert Tobis
10 years ago

I actually attempted to go almost entirely plastic free a couple of years ago. It was hard going, and I’d say I ALMOST did it, but kudos to you for giving it a go :)