February 7, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 1


Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 1

Personal Info:

I live in a 2 -bedroom condo with my husband in Bellevue, Washington. (No kids, no pets…) We are taking this challenge together at home. We both work away from home, but in the same city. There’re Whole Foods, local vegetable stand in summer and food co-op grocery store nearby. While I was searching recycling sites, and other options for my own junk, I found this blog. Next day, I went to a library to borrow Beth’s book.

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

Plastic water bottle
Plastic shopping bags
Plastic utensils (but I have quite a few of them washed, unused at home and work.)

Total items collected: 34

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 yogurt containers #5 (lids, inner seals, also plastic)
1 salad box #1
1 roasted chicken container #1
2 soup boxes (small inner seals, also plastic)
1 detergent bottle #2 (small inner seals, also plastic)
1 vitamin bottle #2
1 peanut butter bottle
1 store take-away container #1

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 Styrofoam food take-away container
19 food wrappers and bags (bars, pasta, salad, nuts…etc)
4 non-food wrappers (soap, packaging, toilet paper)
Plastic lids

City of Bellevue does not recycle plastic packaging, magazine wrapper, food bags, and waxed paper.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Any food take-away container
Peanut butter

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?
Dish washer detergent
Toilet paper

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Cooking own food at home, and bringing lunch

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Waxed/Plastic coated wrapping paper at Whole Foods (ham & meat counter). We can bring own containers.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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