January 18, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 27


Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 27

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic water cup at CPE class

Total items collected: 26

Total weight: 5.3 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Thai takeout clamshell
Bubble mailer – from an etsy purchase of muslin tea bags for bulk tea
Hot dog buns bag
Subway bag
Supplement bottle
2 prescription bottles

Items: Nonrecyclable
Bread bag window
Window from a bakery box
Yves veggie dog packaging
Subway drink lid
2 frozen pizza wrappers
Tillamook cheddar cheese wrapper (I’m not a hundred percent sure of their sustainability and values, but it is local and hormone-free)
Pistachios package – brought back from my parents’ house
Name tag backing from a CPE class
Lid from a whipped cream container – this was in the fridge for several months
Netflix envelope seal strip
2 produce stickers
Lint roller sheet
Lid from almond milk aseptic container
Pull tabs and lids from 2 sparkling cider bottles

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?
Prescription and supplement bottles
Netflix envelope seal strips – but this in lieu of buying or renting DVDs in plastic cases

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?
Meat substitutes – veggie dogs is the only one I have on any kind of routine basis

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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