July 17, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Clare Marie, Week 2



I think I’m doing pretty good refusing to purchase any new & unnecessary plastic items, however I still have a few pre-packaged goods in my cupboard (eg: yoghurt sachets) and this weeks trash reflects my using them up .. They WON’T be replaced!

Location:, New Zealand

Name: Clare Marie

Week: 2

Personal Info:

Independent mum of two, simply trying to live a cleaner greener lifestyle ..

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

Produce & shopping bags, and skin care items sold in plastic jars/tubes ..

Total items collected: 16

Total weight: 114 gram

Items: Recyclable
Harraways Organic Oats package – using it to freeze bananas in ..

Items: Nonrecyclable
Bubble wrap envelope from pre-ordered book delivery
Frozen strawberry package
Frozen blueberry package
Yoghurt sachet
Medication packaging
Dandelion tea packaging
Broken pen
Fruit stickers
Cling wrap from around coconut
Plastic bag & box tape from live worms delivery
4 X ripped (previously recycled) produce bags
V8 label peeled off old glass jar (purchased months ago)
Udon noodle individual portion tape
Dental floss
Seals from spice bottle & soda stream flavour bottle

*not plastic but I’m interested in Zero Waste and so put ALL trash in my photo, there’s also a tea light casing and foil wrapper from a chocolate bar middle left ..

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Yoghurt sachet – easy enough to make from previous batch, however I still have a few in cupboard to use up ..

Fruit stickers – buying direct from growers/farmers markets, growing own etc, and I do whenever I can ..

Soda stream flavours – I’m pushing/encouraging using real fruit syrup that comes packaged in glass as an alternative .. This is for the kids, and only drunk every other Sunday when we watch a family movie together – I don’t touch the stuff myself!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Dandelion teabags – these were left over from last purchase 2+wks ago


What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Medication packaging (I suffer chronic migraines)
Dental floss

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Not so much a lifestyle change, but I am making a point of asking that any orders be delivered with as little plastic as possible now, and hopefully that will put an end to the bubble wrap ..

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
While this weeks total is higher than last, the truth is it’s made up of things that have been around the house & in my cupboards for a long time .. The only newly purchased items on this list were the fruit stickers, live worm packaging & their box tape (we started a worm farm), the bubble wrap packaging from a book I ordered before it was published (months ago), and the glass spice jar seal ..

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I’m in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Clare Marie, we have a local recycler (not the same as the street recycling) who takes clingwrap and all #4 plastics, i.e. includes bubblewrap.  Also, can’t help for medication on plastic/foil cards, but my pharmacists allows me to have him refill all my family’s pill bottles – I leave the label on, and he fills like with like.  If it is a finished prescription, not to be repeated, I wash the bottles and remove the label, for another need, another time.

Sounds like you’ve found some good way to cut down/recycle your plastic Ann ..
Unfortunately my meds are the kind that come pre-packaged on a plastic/foil tray, and I’m not near a city so no EnviroWaste centres to take bubble wrap too either .. But that’s ok as it’s extremely rare I order new books, and simply request packages be sent in cardboard not plastic :D
Doing really good on the plastic-free front actually – so much so that the last 3wks worth of our household rubbish fits inside an Udon noodle packet and is still only 3/4 full!

Doesn’t it feel good to clean out the cupboards and know that that plastic packaging will not be replaced?  :-)

 @BethTerry  It sure does .. Thanks heaps for your sharing and support Beth {{hugs}}