April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 7


Does a stick of butter wrapper contain plastic? I am just wondering since it looks like a waxed paper.

Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 7

Personal Info:

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

Candies wrapped in plastic
Plastic shopping bags

Total items collected: 35

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 yogurt container #5
1 yogurt lid #5
1 laundry detergent soap #2
2 plastic bags from CSA

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 cheese wrapper
2 cracker wrapper
1 milk ring
1 milk cap
2 butter wrapper
2 blister tape wrapper
1 sorbet container
1 sorbet container lid
1 ice cream wrapper
1 medication container
8 bottle caps
1 soup box inner seal
1 silica gel wrapper
6 Q-tips

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Items we’ve replaced with alternatives: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, nuts, milk, dried fruits, and bread

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Items we no longer buy: orange juice, vitamins, canned food, boxed soup/chicken stock, nori (dried seaweed), and chips

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
cheese, medicine, mole skin (for blisters), nori (dried seaweed)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We go hiking a lot, and sometimes stop at a diner/restaurant after a hike. This weekend I ordered clam chowder, and it came with crackers in a plastic bag. I was starving. I should have said no, but it was too late… Try not to hesitate next time.

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