February 22, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 3


I need find no-plastic mole skin, or alternatives for hiking/mountain scrambling. (Maybe we just suck it up and toughen up our feet.)

Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I am getting figured out how to count our plastic items better. I got so much plastic from online shopping. I found out later I could have got one of them in a local store. I will check out local stores first next time. We started bringing own container for meat and ham counters to avoid any waxed paper wrappers. I signed up a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) since my work place is one of their delivery spots.

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

Shopping bags, wrappers

Total items collected: 42

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
– Bunch of packing air bags (UPS store takes them to reuse them.)
– 1 yogurt container #5 (lid, inner seals, also plastic)
– 1 soup box (small inner seal, also plastic)
– 1 orange juice box w/cap
– 1 Liquid soap #2 w/cap
– 1 oil bottle #2
– 1 vitamin bottle #2 w/cap

Items: Nonrecyclable
– 14 food wrappers and bags (bars, pasta, salad, nuts, crackers, cheese, butter…etc)
– 1 Tooth paste tube w/cap
– 1 Plastic utensil (I kept them to scoop spices.)
– 5 plastic bags from online shopping
– 3 plastic tapes from delivery boxes
– Mole skin used during scrambling/hiking

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Tooth paste and chocolate

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Orange juice and soup in a box

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Mole skin for our feet

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Research, and shop at a store to avoid plastic delivery materials if I can find what I am looking for.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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