September 1, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 3


Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand

Name: Mark Purdy

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I live in a small town, that serves surrounding farming areas; I own, and am renovating, my 1930′s cottage. I currently am the only occupant of the house; and work for a local roofing company.
My hobbies are wood working, kendo, and Roman re-enactment.

Mark Purdy’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
clingfilm-wrapped bakery items, sauce/meal mixes packed in plastic, fruit & veg packed in plastic. Opted for pizza on Tuesday night–only waste was the cardboard box, that went in the compost bin.

Total items collected: 24

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Milk bottle #2
Broken plastic container #5
Countrysoft container #5
All recyclable at kerbside

Items: Nonrecyclable
Torn ziploc bag (had done 4 or 5 rounds of bulk bin purchases)
top off a bag of sausages ( I buy large bags instead of polystyrene trays = less plastic)
4 envelope windows
seal off a milk bottle
label off a length of timber
Bread tag
Tag hanger off a pair of shoes
Eskimo pie wrapper (couldn’t resist it when at my parents for dinner last night!)
Toilet paper wrapper
Cookie time wrapper
A torn checkout bag (I repurposed it quite a few times)
Ball of film off a Coloursteel roofing offcut I repurposed
A bag given to me by my parents with frozen food in it
3 bags from dust collection system components (purchased before I started the challenge)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I’ll try my best to use plastic free options when modifying/repairing things in the workshop (or repurpose things I already have or that are discarded by others)
I already use repuropsed timber where possible around the home and workshop–the label was from a piece discarded at a site I was working at.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I don’t buy Eskimo pies myself.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk bottles,
plastic meat packaging (I am yet to find a plastic free source here)
Shoes (cannot find plastic free options for work or everyday use, though plenty of choice for the re-enactments)
I am yet to find a plastic free source for toilet paper.

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?
I went to a birthday party with my local re-enactment guys today. I managed to do it without creating any plastic waste.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
For every item I eliminate from my life, there always seems to be something else to take its place :(

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