April 2, 2014

Plastic Challenge: Harumi, Week 9


Location:Bellevue, Washington, United States

Name: Harumi

Week: 9

Personal Info:

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

Plastic shopping bags

Total items collected: 57

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 plastic bags from CSA
1 vitamin container #2
1 packing air bag (UPS)
4 bubble wraps (UPS)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 dehydrated camp food packaging (reuse)
4 re-sealable plastic bags (reuse)
6 q-tips
2 frozen salmon packaging (were gift)
1 yogurt inner seal
1 milk bottle cap
1 milk bottle wring
2 medicine packaging
1 cracker wrapper
1 hand warmer packaging
3 hand warmers (plastic?)
1 fuel can cap
4 mole skin
1 bottle cap wrapper
1 RICOLA wrapper
1 VIA packaging
1 sports drink packaging
2 instant soup packaging
2 hot chocolate packaging
2 instant oatmeal packaging
1 Silica gel packaging
10 chocolate cookie individual packaging (were gift)

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?

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We went to snow camping this weekend. We still have some camping food from last year to finish which all have plastic packaging. We are figuring out plastic-free food options for backpacking. We are not buying any dehydrated food for sure. We received salmon and chocolate cookies from friends. They’re all wrapped in plastic. Maybe time to tell friends what we are doing.

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