January 4, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 10


Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 10

Personal Info:

My name is Mary Katherine and I’m 17. I live with my mum and sister. I’m trying to produce less waste to help the planet.

Mary Katherine’s personal blog: https://theplasticfreechef.com

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
plastic shopping bags
plastic produce bags
bottled water
stephen colbert’s americone dream
a slice of pumpkin cheesecake at whole foods… O_O
bacon chocolate (yes, bacon chocolate. that’s a real thing.)
yogurt in a plastic tub (got it in a glass jar)
a loaf of bread in a plastic bag

Total items collected: 17

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
sheet from lint roller
seal from a jar
plastic bag I reused a couple times that got nasty
packaging tape
tape roll
toothpaste tube
3 milk rings
lays chip bag (holidays…)
bacon chocolate bar wrapper
ice cream tub (agh! i seriously feel like someone is trying to sabotage my efforts because there’s always ice cream in my freezer when i open it.)
udon noodle package
plastic tape around noodles (i kid you not. there was tape around the noodles.)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can eat normal chocolate wrapped in foil instead of the plastic wrapped bacon chocolate I like to get. I can also make homemade noodles in my new pasta machine instead of buying them.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I won’t get a new thing for my lint roller when the sheets run out. Lint rollers are kinda silly and I don’t really need one.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Toothpaste. I was using a baking soda concoction for a while, but my gums started to hurt a lot. I switched to Lush toothy tabs but I got the same thing. I also tried some tooth powder from Aquarian Bath, but it’s kind of messy and I don’t want to use it all the time because it doesn’t feel like its cleaning my teeth thoroughly. I want to make sure I’m using something that will prevent cavities and other horrors. My parents also spent tons of money on having me tortured at the orthodontist for eight years. If I mess my teeth up they won’t like it. So toothpaste won. Which sucks. I try not to use that much, but it still goes in the landfill. This is really frustrating to me. Why can’t something be invented that’s plastic free and will prevent my teeth from falling out? Maybe they could start selling bulk toothpaste… It could be like a frozen yogurt machine with toothpaste in it. (Mostly kidding, but I can picture it…)
Also, milk rings.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Trying not to make so many impulse buys at Whole Foods. This would help a lot.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Ice cream tubs. I’m going to try to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. I had an ice cream maker but I dropped the freezer bowl and it broke. By the way, I’m sorry my picture is so bad.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Pretty good week, considering the holidays.

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