March 20, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Katie M, Week 4

Katie's plastic waste

Name: Katie M

Week: 4

Personal Info:

Read Katie’s full description in her Week 1 Plastic Tally post.

definitely seeing a drop now that much of the stuff i purchased prior to the challenge in getting used up (but there is more to come)

Total items: 37

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

1 – Peanut Butter Jar (yes, another one. this one i kept at work) #1

1 – vanilla bottle (this was very old, already have a new glass one) #2

1 – PB Jar lid (#5)

1 – juice jug


3 – take out cup lids (#1)

1 – take out carton (#6)

2 – take out cups (#5)

1 – take out cup (#6)

1 – coffee cream (#2)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 – vanilla bottle lid
1 – juice jug cap

1 – paper chip bag with plastic lining (keeping to reuse)
1 – ring from new bottle of vinegar
1 – lining from inside soda bottle cap (not pictured)
1 – coffee cream lid
1 – plastic chip bag (daughter bought, i helped eat)
1 – milk cap
2 – beer caps
2 – cheese wrappers
1 – sprouts bag
1 – take out carton (this was kind of a trick, we were offered a free sample of chips from a new Mexican restaurant in a paper bag. when we opened the bag.. the chips were in a styrofoam carton!)
1 – milk carton
1 – fake peperoni wrapper
3 – produce stickers
2 – envelope windows
1 – produce tie (will reuse)
2 – pieces of floss

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
peanut butter
milk (still struggling with glass-vs-non organic)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
free samples

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
coffee cream


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

ask daughter to resist plastic

ask for no plastic take out

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
second peanut butter jar

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