July 27, 2009

BillieRyder – Plastic Trash Eating Challenge – Week #7

I have lost another lb this week! 4 lbs in 7 weeks. Obviously not falling off of me but I wasn’t convinced that I would loose any weight so this is an accomplishment. I have also been going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. This is likely helping – perhaps more than my change in eating habits? I did notice that I got away with no wandering around the house looking for junk food for a couple of days. I think I am finally weaning myself from old eating habits. I feel like I am giving up smoking or something the way I am talking!

On to my plastic count:
Weight: 1oz Items: 14

cracker bag
deli salami bag – will reuse
plastic sheet from deli
plastic wrap from a box of chamomile tea
seal from new shortening container
blue cheese wrapper
candy wrapper
milk cap + zipper
2 x Kreurig coffee pot
3 x Kreurig hot chocolate

What could I easily replace?
Nothing on this list is easily replaceable. I have hit all the low hanging fruit. I was actually pondering buying a wheel of cheese like Beth did so there would be no wrapping. I might even consider that if I think that I can’t eat it like a reasonable human being and not binge. Maybe in a couple of weeks.

What would I give up if no plastic alternative was found?
I look at this list and I know I am not going to give up milk, cheese or crackers. No how, no way.
Pepperoni? That was probably the first time I ate it this year. Not much to give up.

I am feeling very conflicted about the plastic pots for hot drinks from work. I get two drinks out of each hot chocolate pot so I feel like I am using it efficiently. I don’t think I am going to give this up totally at this point. I just let go of my General Foods Coffee (at least temporarily) so I think I have given up enough of my luxuries at the moment.

Other conclusions?

With some effort, I have limited myself to about 15 pieces of plastic a week – on average. I can’t even imagine how many pieces of plastic I would have consumed without my effort. So with a fair bit of effort on my part – ok… it FEELS like effort, I still consume about 60 pieces of plastic in a month. That is 780 pieces of plastic in a year JUST related to food. It is mind boggling and a little depressing. It makes me wonder how many pieces of plastic one would consume if one wasn’t paying attention.

3 comments
Fake Plastic Fish
Fake Plastic Fish

The cheese I bought is very hard. Like parmesan. It's delicious but requires quite a bit of effort to cut and then to grate. So that extra effort keeps me from eating it all at once.

thetoltecpath
thetoltecpath

I've been eliminating plastic for over a year. Very challenging. Buy milk in cardboard cartons instead of plastic jugs. Buy cheese that is packaged in waxed paper. The deli thing is a challenge and I'm working on that, maybe bring my own waxed paper in and ask them to wrap the contents in it. I bought 8 x 10" muslin bags to buy my loose produce in (mushrooms, green beans) so I don't have to use the plastic baggies they provide. Also, get refills on shampoo and cooking oils, etc in glass jars from the co-op. This is not impossible, good job and keep it going!

SusanB
SusanB

Billie, I love my cheese, and I've found over time that keeping a lot of it around actually cuts way down on my seeing it as something to binge on -- also making the investment in a wheel of cheese makes the cost of excessive sampling easy to remember and also serves as a deterrent. However, and its a big however, when I first started having a lot of cheese around, I ate a lot too. When I lived in Switzerland, there was a wheel of Gruyere in the basement, and once a week, someone went downstairs and carefully cut out a wedge which was served at breakfast that week.