July 6, 2010

Kirsten Roche, Week 2

Kristin Roche's plastic waste

Name: Kirsten Roche

Week: 2

Personal Info:
Kamloops, BC, Canada
In a relationship, living together
Work close to home, a 20-minute bike ride
No children!

Total items: 15 (2 not shown)

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
*strawberry box
*raspberry box
*mini eggs wrapper that is partly biodegradable so I’ll place it under this category

Items: Nonrecyclable
*bag from frozen mango chunks
*little plastic seal and lid from carton of soymilk
*plastic sponge
*bag from loaf of bread
*empty stick of lip balm
*the plastic viewing window from my new stick of lip balm
*wrapping from a cucumber I bought
*medication wrapping
*plastic spoon from the Indian food I bought at a festival the day before

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
*plastic sponge- have already replaced sponges made of cellulose and plastic with dish cloths that can be washed and reused again and again. I bought this plastic one ages ago and used it way longer than I should have but it’s life is lived and it’ll be the last one I buy!

*bag from loaf of bread- I am unable to go to our town’s farmer’s market because it’s only open Saturdays from 10am til 2pm and I always work until 3 on Saturdays, but if my mom goes I can ask her to pick me up a loaf

*wrapping from a cucumber I bought- definitely won’t do that again, I was in a pinch when I went grocery shopping and bought it out of necessity but from now on I’ll either buy cucumbers at a different store or ask my mom to get one at the farmer’s market for me

*bag from frozen mango chunks- may be able to switch what kind of fruit I use to something I can buy fresh, however it’s tricky because the only cheap fruit I can really get here that’s appropriate for smoothies is bananas and I’m currently boycotting Dole and Chiquita. If I can find some bananas from another brand I will gladly switch to fresh fruit!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
*Mini Eggs wrapper- I read on the Cadbudy website (which I visited after noticing recently that the packaging for the Mini Eggs has changed and no longer feels plastic-y) that their packaging is now between 60% and 100% biodegradable, depending on the product! I had the feeling that the packaging was biodegradable which was why I bought it when I had a chocolate craving, but I’m excited to see that it’s true!

*no more using plastic spoons! Try to eat before I go out so I don’t have to buy takeout food at the festival
What Items are essential and do not have a plastic alternative?
*little plastic seal and lid from carton of soymilk- no alternative

*empty stick of lip balm- only alternative is that brand online that offers chapstick in biodegradable packaging, but the amount of gas (not to mention $10 shipping fee) used to ship it does just as much bad as buying plastic. Will continue to hunt from alternatives closer to home though!

*the plastic viewing window from my new stick of lip balm- no alternative that I have found yet

*medication wrapping- no alternative

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
*switch what kinds of smoothies I drink

*see if anyone I know is going to the farmer’s market and get them to pick some things up for me

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
*bread wrapping. Try to find bread that is not wrapped in plastic!!

One Response to “Kirsten Roche, Week 2”

  1. Beth Terry says:

    Medication is a tough one. Medicine bottles and wrappers end up in my tally each month as well.

    Have you seen the compostable lip balms? Not sure it addresses your issue about shipping though.