November 27, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 19

Week 19

Do you bring your own containers to restaurants for a doggy bag? What are the servers’ reactions? Is it as accepted as reusable bags at a store?

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 19

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 32

Total weight: 6.0 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Berries clamshell from produce box
2 inner bags from cake mix for a game night I had
Prescription bottle
Supplement bottle
2 takeout clamshells from Olive Garden – leftovers from dinner when my parents were visiting.
Lid from TCBY. And I suppose there was a spoon too, although I didn’t save it. We ate there, but I didn’t finish it so took a lid to bring it home.
Thai takeout clamshell

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 pulltabs from apple juice cans – for my mom’s famous apple cider for the game night
Grapes bag
2 Emergen-C packets (using up a box bought several months ago)
Fork from Thai takeout
Window from a bread bag
A film that must have been a window on a box, I guess
Lid seal from ice cream
Produce sticker
Fruit leather wrapper (using up a box bought several months ago)
Frozen pizza wrapper
Tear-off seal from new package of toilet cleaner
3 stickers and price tag fasteners – I inadvertently went to JCPenny when they had a sale. On pretty fall sweaters. In all sorts of shades of blue.
Tyvek packet of silica gel from the supplement bottle
Bottle lid seal from something
Inner bag and spool from Eco Dent floss used up. This bag, spool, and two little stickers sealing the cardboard box are the only plastic involved.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Takeout/doggy bag containers

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?

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