January 3, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 25


Any way to recycle credit cards? Google kept coming up with references to Earthworks System, but their website won’t load.

Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 25

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Individual-serving bottles of juice at my parents’ house – my mom said it was the only non-H20 beverage in the house, so I stuck with water instead (later I found glass bottles of Juice Squeeze :) )

Total items collected: 43

Total weight: 4.9

Items: Recyclable
Eye makeup remover pads container (#5)
Prescription bottle
Bubble mailer for a Christmas present purchase

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 expired credit cards
Small ziploc bag
4 string cheese wrappers
2 produce stickers
Frozen pizza wrapper
2 caramel wrappers
Burgerville drink lid
Tom’s of Maine toothpaste tube
3 lint roller sheets
Underlid seal from cookie dough tub
Some tape
A piece of plastic wrap I found balled up in my purse
Lid from Desert Essence blemish stick
Size sticker from new pair of jeans
Window from package of nylons
Fork from Starbucks coffee cake at the airport
Window from box of pasta
Tray and window from box of vegan chocolates – I justify a lot of purchases with the fact that it’s vegan. I should probably stop that.
10 envelope windows
M&Ms package from the airport
Name tag holder from my firm’s Christmas party – I think I’ll take it to the event coordinator and see if it can be reused for a future event.
2 bags that mail came in – one was something about my 401(k); the other was for a Macy’s catalog. I don’t know why I was getting a Macy’s catalog, much less why it was so precious it needed to be protected in plastic.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Working on reducing junk mail and getting only paperless items from legit sources. I randomly get stuff related to my 401(k), even though the actual statements are only online.

As usual, a lot of food-related stuff.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
I’m *still* trying to decide on a lint roller alternative. I just hate to waste money (and the materials) of a reusable item of some kind and have it not work.

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?
String cheese

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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