August 11, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Margaret, Week 5


Location:Tualatin, Oregon, United States

Name: Margaret

Week: 5

Personal Info:

I live in an apartment with my cat. We’re in a metropolitan area outside the city, that’s not really suburbia, but not really urban.

Margaret’s personal blog:

Total items: 41

Total weight: 9.5 ounces

Items: Recyclable
All “other” recyclable, no curbside recyclable

Bag/chair head cover from the dentist
Preserve toothbrush case
Battery packaging
Calculator packaging
2 tofu packages (minus cover films)
Small plastic film packaging from something
Film packaging from craft paper
Bag from tarp
3 bags from boxes of canning jars

Items: Nonrecyclable
Bib, mylar package, 4 nozzle-type items, x-ray bitewing, and 6 other doo-dads from getting a filling at the dentist.
2 freshness seals from under a bottle lid
Raw Revolution wrapper
Netflix envelope seal strip
Capellini paper bag lined with plastic
Glasses case
3 lint roller sheets
“Soup at hand” container
Frozen vegetable bag
Frozen spring rolls packaging
Plastic bag from coconut macaroons
3 produce stickers

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?
Tofu – I don’t necessarily have it every week, and I strongly think it’s important to not make a veg diet centered around one food such as soy. But I do like it occasionally – not enough to buy a tofu maker.

Dentist stuff.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
The jars are intended to reduce plastic use in the long run.

I’m using up a lot of stuff bought pre-challenge.

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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