January 26, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 30


Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 30

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Grocery bags

Total items collected: 18

Total weight: 3.9 ounces

Items: Recyclable

Tray from package of fig bars – was in my desk from last tax season
Air packaging from an Amazon package from my mom – Apples to Apples for my birthday!
Subway bag
Bulk bin bag from a while ago
Soup lid from Elephants Deli – it’s downstairs in my office building. They have quite a few vegetarian and vegan options, and the tomato soup is great! Their utensils are compostable; the lid apparently isn’t, it says #5. Next time I’m going to see if they’re ok with me bringing in a pyrex container to use.
Prescription bottle
Molded packaging from my new nifty refillable multi-color pen for work.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Plastic-lined paper bag of croutons from New Seasons – the most amazing croutons! It seems that paprika is the secret.
Cup, lid, and straw from Burgerville
Package from fig bars
Frozen pizza wrapper
Wrapper from a box of mason jars
2 rubber bands/tags from broccoli in my produce box
Food Should Taste Good chips bag

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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