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Hi, I'm Qinglin! Welcome to

MY PLASTIC PLANET

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Having realized my addiction to single-use plastic, I decided to act on it. So I took on a challenge: keep track of every single piece of plastic I acquired and used up, lower plastic consumption week by week, and reach the minimum use of single-use plastic in the final week within 16 weeks. The challenge started on Jan 17, 2020 and ended on May 8, 2020.

Every pieces of plastic is rated and color coded into three categories according to their recyclability:


HARD

Hard to recycle.
Cannot be recycled at almost all municipal recycling program. Might be recycled at some TerraCycle programs.

MEDIUM

Base material is recyclable but cannot be successfully recycled at municipal recycling program due to certain properties.
May need additional handling or store drop-off.

EASY

Easy to recycle in NYC.
Base material can be recycled at most municipal recycling programs across the U.S.

Note that the resin code on the plastic does NOT indicate its recyclability. Plastic recyclability is accessed according to NYC's municipal recycling program and The APR Plastic Recyclability Design Guide. If you live in other region in the U.S. , please see "Resources " for more info.

87.7% Food Packaging

14.9%
Easy to Recycle
Items

18.5%
Somewhat
Recyclable
Items

6.4%
Shipping Packaging

66.6%
Hard to Recycle items

18.2%
Period
Products

WEEK 1

JAN 17 - 23, 2020
  • 44 pieces of plastic used up in total.
  • 19 pieces of single-use plastic are associated with food.
  • 14 pieces of single-use plastic produced from airline meals.
  • 16 pieces of single-use plastic used by taking medicine.
  • 4 pieces of single-use plastic are from period products.

1

8

35

WEEK 2

JAN 24 - 30, 2020
  • 43 pieces of plastic used up in total.
  • 18 pieces of single-use plastic are food packaging.
  • 11 pieces of single-use plastic used by taking medicine.
  • 12 pieces of single-use plastic are from period products.

7

3

33

WEEK 3

JAN 31 - FEB 26, 2020
  • 24 pieces of plastic used up in total.
  • 20 pieces of single-use plastic are associated with food.

7

2

15

WEEK 4

FEB 7 - 13, 2020
  • 29 pieces of single-use plastic used up in total.
  • 22 pieces of single-use plastic are from food packaging.
  • 6 pieces of single-use plastic are from shipping packaging.

6

10

13

WEEK 5

FEB 14 - 20, 2020
  • 23 pieces of plastic used up in total.
  • 21 pieces of single-use plastic are from food packaging.

4

6

13

WEEK 6

FEB 21 - 17, 2020
  • 41 pieces of single-use plastic trash are produced in total.
  • 21 pieces of single-use plastic are from food packaging.
  • 16 pieces of single-use plastic are from period products.

5

4

32

WEEK 7

FEB 28 - MAR 5, 2020
  • 20 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • 17 pieces of single-use plastic are associated with food.

4

5

11

WEEK 8

MAR 6 - 12, 2020
  • 20 pieces of single-use plastic used up in total.
  • 16 of them are form food packaging.
  • 3 of them are single-use cutleries.

4

7

9

WEEK 9

MAR 13 - 19, 2020
  • 10 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • 5 of them are from shipping packaging.
  • 4 of them are from food packaging.

6

4

WEEK 10

MAR 20 - 26, 2020
  • 22 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • 15 pieces of them are period products.
  • 7 are food packaging.

1

21

WEEK 11

MAR 27 - APR 2, 2020
  • 14 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • 11 of them are from food packagaing.
  • 3 of them are from shipping packaging.

3

7

4

WEEK 12

APR 3 - 9, 2020
  • 7 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • 6 of them are food packagaing.

2

1

4

WEEK 13

APR 10 - 16, 2020
  • 7 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • All of them are food packaging.

2

1

4

WEEK 14

APR 14 - 23, 2020
  • 15 pieces of plastic are used up in total.
  • 6 of them are food packaging.
  • 8 pieces of single-use plastic are from period products.

1

1

13

WEEK 15

APR 24 - 30, 2020
  • 9 pieces of plastic are used up in total.
  • 2 of them are food packaging.
  • 6 of them are from period products.

1

8

WEEK 16

MAY 1 - 8, 2020
  • 2 pieces of single-use plastic are used up in total.
  • All of them are food packaging.

1

1