December 19, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 22

Week 22

My plastic tally weeks go from Friday through Thursday. This week starts the day after Thanksgiving, where I just went to Goodwill so have a few tag fasteners from that. Then Saturday I went to Mexico for a week. :) I went to a vegan yoga retreat; I heard one of the organizers describe the place as a “eco-boutique” resort. I know they used some plastic in the kitchen (such as plastic wrap over the fruit plates at breakfast), but almost nothing used while I was there, just one water bottle, plus a couple food items from the airport.

I was told, and it seemed to be the case, that there isn’t much recycling to speak of in Mexico. That’s why I put the bottles under nonrecyclable, because they weren’t recycled.

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 22

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 9

Total weight: 1.8 ounces

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
4 price tag fasteners – from the only Black Friday shopping that I take part in – Goodwill.
A candy wrapper bought at the airport and 2 Luna bars I brought to eat while traveling
Pop bottle bought at the airport
Small waterbottle I accepted after ziplining

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?

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