April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 6


Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 6

Personal Info:

6th week: I don’t eat meat much anymore, but my husband does. I normally bring a glass container and ask a butcher to use it. But this week, we got a half chicken, and it was too big to fit in any of my containers. Sadly, we ended up having a wrapper and plastic bag.

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

Plastic shopping bags, utensil

Total items collected: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
No recyclable items this week

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 Meat wrapper
1 plastic bag
1 Fisherman’s Friend wrapper
1 butter wrapper
2 Medicine wrappers
1 individual eye drop
1 bottle inner seal
1 milk cap ring
1 bottle plastic ring
1 pasta box window
1 KIND bar wrapper
1 HALLS candy wrapper
6 Q-tips
1 cheese wrapper
1 plastic cup
1 take out Styrofoam
1 delivery box tape

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Plan ahead (shopping, eating out), be ready. I had to use a plastic cup and Styrofoam take out container this week. I could have had my water bottle and a container with me.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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