October 20, 2009

Green_grrl – Plastic Challenge (week 2)

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Recyclable Items

  1. Plasticized milk carton (part of the curbside program but unsure how it’s recycled)

Non-recyclable Items

  1. plastic lined can (can is recyclable but the plastic lining isn’t
  2. plastic wrap from local cheese
  3. bag choc chips
  4. 1 piece saran wrap(was used to cover pie brought home from M&D’s)
  5. remains of a scrubber (used to wash dishes)
  6. two labels from local beauty products (came in glass jars)
  7. plastic top from sour cream
  8. sticker removed from brother’s guitar case (which I’ve adopted)
  9. top and security seal from vitamin bottle (glass)
  10. two cereal bags
  11. wrap from eye drop box and 4 eye droppers
  12. vitamin powder package
  13. top of cheese curd package
  14. misc plastic wrap (not sure what this is from)
  15. 3 plastic grocery bags (for garbage)

Total number of items = 25
Total weight of plastic stash = 4.75oz
Tally analysis

  • What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
    *milk (could buy in glass)
    *choc chips (could buy in bulk)
    *saran wrap from pie (could have brought a container to M&Ds)
  • What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
    *cereal (I could make my own granola)
  • How many of these items are from “convenience” foods that could be made from scratch with less packaging but might take more time to prepare?
    *sour cream?
  • What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
    *eye droppers. I hated using them but it was a bit of a necessity this week
  • What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
    *make an effort to buy more food in bulk and maintain a good stockpile of food essentials to prevent last minute trips to our neighbourhood grocery store (which doesn’t have any bulk food). E.g. choc chips
  • What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
    *non-bulk choc chips
  • What did I do this week to avoid plastic?
    *Make cookies from scratch
    *Buy soap wrapped in paper
    *Brought my lunch to work most days and on days I didn’t bought lunch from the deli that sells sandwich wrapped in paper.
3 comments
RachelM
RachelM

Hi Beth,

I checked with my health food store where I normally buy all my bulk stuff and no dice on the bulk cereal. I'm going to check out Bulk Barn this week and see what they have. Tragically we don't have a Whole Foods. Although I dream about having one! :)

Thanks v. much for the sour cream recipe - I'm excited to try it out!

Hi Billie!

Thanks for the encouraging words. :-) So totally impressed that you are at week 12!

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Beth Terry
Beth Terry

I'm glad you decided to do the challenge for more than one week!

Can you buy cereal in bulk? My Whole Foods has a big variety of cereals in their bulk bins.

Sour cream is super easy to make. Here's a recipe:

http://homecooking.about.com/od/dairyrecipe1/r/bldairy12.htm

I totally get the eye drops thing. They are in the medical category as far as I'm concerned.

I'm really impressed with your efforts!

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