February 28, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Beth Terry, Week 8


Location:Oakland, California, United States

Name: Beth Terry

Week: 8

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:


List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Bags, take-out food packaging, straws, cups, and all manner of plastic trash. Almost had a plastic-free week, except for a couple of problems…

Total items collected: 3

Total weight: .04 ounces

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
1-2) Plastic window envelopes. One was an oversight — I got a new credit card number and forgot to let an organization know about the change, so they sent me a notice through the mail. The other is from Kaiser Permanente. My health plan has changed to a deductible plan, so I will be receiving a statement through the mail every month. Kaiser does not offer online statements or online billing at this time. I have requested it. Hopefully, Kaiser will join the rest of the 21st Century.

3) Plastic wrapper from 3-D movie glasses. The glasses are returned to be reused (see my post about what happens to 3-D glasses) but the plastic wrapper is trash. I could have avoided this! See below.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could have avoided the 3-D movie glasses by bringing my own! The problem was that I didn’t know the movie was going to be in 3-D because it was an advance press screening of The Lorax, and I don’t think the invite mentioned it was 3-D. Anyway, read my post about how I usually bring my 3-D glasses back to the theater to reuse: /2010/01/avatar-in-3d-what-about-the-plastic-glasses/

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?


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Pat Clancy

You have opened my eyes to a some things that I didn’t even realize are made of plastic — i.e. window envelopes. I thought that was cellophane. That makes me wonder about a lot of other “cellophane” packaging on granola, nuts, pasta, etc. etc. and on and on. How can we tell whether it is paper or plastic. And what is cellophane, anyway?