February 6, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 15


Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 15

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 (i use cloth ones)
Plastic produce bags (sewed my own)
Bottled water (i have a stainless steel water bottle)
Ice cream (i made my own)
Bread (i made my own)
Crackers (i made my own)
Cereal (i made granola)
Styrofoam container (I brought one of my Lunchbots to a restaurant and put my leftovers in it)

Total items collected: 11

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Cold medicine bottle (#1)

Items: Nonrecyclable
Plastic sheet with price sticker (I bought some ground turkey for my cats at Whole Foods. I had them put it in one of my Lunchbots, but then instead of putting the sticker on the lid they put it on a separate plastic sheet and handed it to me! Wtf? Peeling a sticker off a lid is NOT that hard guys. They’re also rude to you when you bring your own container. They act like you’re insane and like its this huge inconvenience or something. I wish I didn’t have to buy meat from them. But my cats need it :/)
Lint roller sheet (I’m going to use them all up and not buy any more.)
Window from pasta box
2 pieces of plastic wrap from cheese (I bought two huge pieces of pecorino romano and parmigiano reggiano. They’ll last for a few months.)
3 milk rings (I don’t actually drink 1 1/2 gallons of milk a week. Its mostly my sister. My mum also makes yogurt so that uses a lot. Also, I bought one of the half gallons yesterday so I haven’t had hardly any yet.)
1 heavy cream ring
Plastic seal from milk bottle. (I got this milk from Saint Benoà®t Creamery. I thought it had less plastic than Straus milk since it has a metal lid, but it turns out that it has a giant plastic label. Darn.)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I guess I don’t have to take that cold medicine. But it works soo well. I was only sick for like two days because of it. I can use my neti pot a lot and drink a lot of tea. That would help.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Lint roller sheets

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Nothing. I’m just super attached to most of it :/

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Eating less cheese

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I already gave up lint roller sheets. Other than that nothing.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I need to make sure I tell the people at the meat counter to put the price sticker on the lid of the container. Other than that, I think it was an okay week.

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