November 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Mary Katherine, Week 5


Location:Mountain View, California, United States

Name: Mary Katherine

Week: 5

Personal Info:

My name is Mary Katherine and I’m 16. I live in Silicon Valley, California. My mum is pretty environmentally conscious and she raised me to be like that too. My mum taught me that I don’t need tons of stuff to be happy. Except books…

Mary Katherine’s personal blog:

Total items: 15

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Vinegar jug (#2)
Witch hazel bottle (#2)
Raw milk jug (#2)
Prescription bottle (#5)
Prescription bottle lid (#5)

Items: Nonrecyclable
Lids from vinegar, witch hazel and raw milk
Stephen Colbert ice cream tub
Chip bag
2 rings from Straus milk
Walnut bag
Cheese wrapper
Plastic thing from vinegar bottle (those things are irritating and extremely pointless)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I think Whole Foods has walnuts in bulk. I won’t buy them in bags anymore. I also found out that you can make witch hazel from witch hazel bark. I found witch hazel bark online in a foil bag. No more need for plastic bottles. The stuff in the store has rubbing alcohol in it anyway. Probably not good for my skin.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Potato chips.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Prescription bottles. I hardly ever take drugs though so that’s not really something I think I need to worry about. I also put witch hazel on my face to control my horrifyingly oily teenager skin. But I think I might be able to make witch hazel. I’ll see about that.

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

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Lays potato chips.

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

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