September 20, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 6


Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand

Name: Mark Purdy

Week: 6

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!)
Checkout bags, goodies wrapped in clingfilm, trying to minimise plastic packed items I buy at the supermarket.

Total items collected: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Coke bottle #1,
milk bottle #2,
lid off cranberry sauce pottle #1,
all recyclable at kerbside.

Items: Nonrecyclable
Bag from bread rolls,
cookie time wrapper,
nescafe coffee bag,
gingernuts wrapper,
1 envelope window,
2 milk bottle seals,
bread tag,
cranberry sauce container from takeout food with friends
BK drink straw/lid (bought for me by a friend while I was in A&E!)
(not in pic) plastic pill container and a plastic cup

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?
I didn’t even think ‘plastic?’ when ordering sides to go with pizza when at a friend’s place at the weekend, hence the cranberry sauce container.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk is only available in plastic here. Hard to stop the occasional envelope window. The medical profession seems to be responsible for a lot of plastic trash.

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?
I need to take the time to educate my friends about reducing their plastic trash.

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