May 24, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 23


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 23

Personal Info:

We are collecting our plastic trash for all of 2011. Read about our family on my Week 1 post.

Danielle’s personal blog:

Total items: 9

Total weight: .8 oz

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 seal (from sour cream)
1 wrapper (from an atomic fireball)
1 produce tie (from Romaine)
3 milk jug caps (from glass milk jugs)
1 milk cap ring
2 cap/spout (from rice wine vinegar)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Romaine. I’ve been getting it at my farmers market now that it’s in season.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’m looking to find a rice vinegar that has less plastic. No doubt the cap will probably be plastic, but I don’t need the little spout inside.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Well, I always buy local milk on Friday… but my co-op didn’t get their delivery. So, I’m going to do without. Making almond milk, instead. :)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
One of the best things about striving to reduce plastic waste is when I am able to make some of my favorite foods without plastic…. such as Plastic-Free Taco night!! Not only was it plastic-free*, it was so much better than any taco night we’ve ever had in the past!!!!! Woot!!! (I so need to post about this)

*Everything was plastic-free, except my kids used sour cream. To make my meal plastic-free, I use homemade guacamole!!!

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6 Comments on "Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 23"

4 years 4 months ago

oh no! I hope that they find you a great sources fast! **fingers are crossed for you*

4 years 4 months ago

I appreciate the feedback… helps me (re)think… even if I can’t figure it out now… the seed is there ;)

That is an amazing system to get people to recycle!! Brilliance.

Have to share: I got hit with not so plastic-free news last night. This past week we went without milk because my co-op didn’t get it in. The just let me know that the distributer has decided not to deliver to them anymore!! gasp! My co-op is scrambling trying to find a distributer to get local milk (including cheeses) but it appears that I’m going to have to make due. The non-local milk that I can buy comes with a plastic cap in the plastic lined paper cartons… I’m thinking that we’ll be doing milk every other week. *sigh* maybe. I’m so bummed.

4 years 4 months ago

Yes homemade tortillas are the best!! I’ve just started making mine with lard instead of butter to be more traditional and it is great!

We have a great scheme here to take back milk cartons. We are to pack them into one another ) and drop them in our paper recycling bin out front our houses. But the catch/ How they get people to do it is that you write your name and phone on the front and it is a lottery. They pull on ‘pack’ of cartons out and that person wins a large sum of money. They do this with milk, juice and tetra packs here in Norway.

Thankfully the milk carton I buy does not have a plastic cap, neither does the cream ) but they are lined with PE. I wish that they were not or I was able to buy in glass.. but for now I just have to accept it. I feel good knowing that they go back to the factories to be reprocesses and reused. When I lived in the states there were cream in cartons without caps.. but it has been some time since i’ve been there. I do hope to make a farmer friend someday to get fresh cream and milk.

I wish I had a better or a real tip for helping you find it plastic free. But if you are getting it local.. maybe you can take a chat with the farmer and see if you left your own container i they would fill it up.

4 years 4 months ago

Thank you so much Fonda! I’ve always made everything for taco night, but having fresh homemade tortillas took it to a whole other level!!! I need to jump on that Taco Tuesday bandwagon!!! ;)

Also, are you able to find cream without plastic? If I buy local cream it’s in a plastic container or if I buy organic it’s in a plastic lined paper container with the plastic pour spout. I would definitely make sour cream as it’s not something we use too often… but it seems plastic keeps getting in the way!! argh.

4 years 4 months ago

also, we do Taco Tuesday every week and i just have to agree with you..

since we have started making all our own stuff it has been amazing too.. so yummy!

4 years 4 months ago

Great job! Such little plastic!

Sour cream is very easy to make if you are interested in it.

You take a jar, fill it with cream and 2 TBS of buttermilk (homemade is ok too). Then you shake it well, place it in a warm place for 12-24 hours. give it a shake when you think about it. If it has stayed warm enough then after 24 hours it should be thick. If not give it aprx 12 more. Then Refrigerated for 24 hours. It will be thick and creamy like ‘store bought’

Just like making yogurt, you can store 2 TBS of the first batch as a starter..

Just wanted to share since you mentioned it :)