January 15, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 12


Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 12

Personal Info:

My name is Mary Katherine and I’m 17. I’m trying to generate less plastic waste to help the environment.

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

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Plastic shopping bags
Plastic produce bags
Bottled water
Ice cream
Crackers (I made my own this week)

Total items collected: 5

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
Stevia packet
Broken hair elastic
Seal from jar
Seal from brown rice syrup jar
Bubble wrap mailer… I had to order a textbook for school on eBay.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I can make my own yogurt so I don’t have to throw away plastic jar seals all the time.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Stevia packets

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk rings. I don’t know why I didn’t have any this week. My mum must have thrown them away by accident.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Communicating with sellers when I buy online.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Stevia packets. I’ll use them up but I won’t buy any more.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It was a pretty good week.

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