May 25, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 48


Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 48

Personal Info:

Margaret’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Grocery bags – brought reusable bags
Starbucks cup – brought my own mug

Total items collected: 32

Total weight: 6.4 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Curbside recyclable

Pop bottle

Other recyclable

Supplement bottle
2 bubble mailers – from etsy orders
2 pieces of bubble wrap from an etsy order
Styrofoam takeout container
Packaging from a Gaiam order

Items: Nonrecyclable
Burgerville cup and lid
4 liners from cracker/cookie boxes (cleaning out my snack drawer at work)
PopChips bag
Frozen pizza wrapper
4 straws – lots of eating out lately
String cheese wrapper
Netflix envelope seal tape
2 silica gel packets from supplement bottles
Plastic envelope from a Papyrus card
Plastic envelope from an etsy order
2 produce stickers/tags
VerMints tin wrapper
Lip gloss tube wrapper
2 supplement bottle lid seals
Lid seal ring from ice cream container

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?
Debating if I should go with a metal straw or glass straw, but I promise to order one this weekend.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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