January 30, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 14



I’m running out of shampoo… I tried the baking soda vinegar thing, but it left a nasty earwax-like residue on my scalp. It made my head itch too. I adjusted the amounts and everything but it still didn’t work. I tried a bar from Lush that worked well but it had sodium laurel sulfate in it. And it was $11… I tried a cheaper natural one from the farmer’s market, but it left my hair all dirty and nasty. What shampoo bars are good?

Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 14

Personal Info:

My name is Mary Katherine and I’m 17. I’m trying to generate less plastic waste to help the environment. Also, about why I skipped last week. I put out my trash to take a picture, but I got distracted and left it there. Then I went out for a while. When I came back my mum had thrown out my trash and taken the garbage pail to the dumpster. I didn’t have a picture and I didn’t remember what was in the pile. I didn’t feel like dumpster diving, so I just skipped week #13.

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

Total items collected: 16

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Date container

Items: Nonrecyclable
Melted lid from pyrex dish (I turned on the oven when the pyrex dish was in there… my mum was making yogurt and she put it in the oven to yogurtify (not a word) since its warmer in there. I destroyed the yogurt as well as the lid. And it smelled like poison in my kitchen for a while. It was disgusting! Now there’s a sign on the oven so I won’t do it again.)
Date container
Broken ethernet cable

5 milk rings
1 half and half ring
2 sandwich picks with plastic on the ends… what is the point?
2 windows from cardboard pasta boxes
1 jar seal
Sage tag
Goji berry packaging

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Plastic date containers. I found a store that has them in bulk.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Milk rings. I guess its not completely essential for me to drink milk, but I really don’t want to give it up.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Not eating in the cafeteria at school. I always feel sick afterwards anyway. Also, I need to be more conscious.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Date containers

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I don’t have tons of new stuff, so thats good.

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