Location:Morrinsville, New Zealand
Name: Mark Purdy
I live in a small town, that serves surrounding farming areas; I own, and am renovating, my 1930â€²s 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
Coke bottle #1,
milk bottle #2,
lid off cranberry sauce pottle #1,
all recyclable at kerbside.
Bag from bread rolls,
cookie time wrapper,
nescafe coffee bag,
1 envelope window,
2 milk bottle seals,
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.