December 4, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 20

Week 20

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 20

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 18

Total weight: 5.2 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Bakery clamshell of chocolate chip cookies
Thai takeout clamshell
Bubble mailer from buying a supplement

Items: Nonrecyclable
Fork from Thai takeout
Packaging from natural loofah
2 envelope windows
Caramel wrapper
2 of those little straps designed to keep an item from slipping off a hanger – from a boatneck sweater that seemed be staying on the hanger just fine, and the straps were annoying.
3 emergen-C packets – from a pre-challenge purchase, and intended to stave off a cold that was going around work.
Underlid seal and outer ring seal from a supplement bottle
Potato chips bag – from game night
2 frozen pizza wrappers
Cookie dough package – included with a frozen pizza

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Pretty much all of it – most of this week’s is convenience-food-related.

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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