June 28, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 28

Danielle_NC28

Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 28

Personal Info:

See my Week 1 post :)

Danielle’s personal blog: http://itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com

Total items: 12

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 dip container (#5)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 sunblock tube
1 produce twist tie
7 caps/rings/pull tabs
1 seal
1 Soy milk container

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Need to figure out how to make french onion dip without plastic. I’ve made it before, but takes sour cream (in plastic). I think I’ve said it before, but I need to do some research and come up with an alternative for when we do want it because the stuff we bought it junk/crap anyway.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I bought ranch in a glass jar, but was stuck with the plastic lid. Going to try to make a vegan ranch dressing with cashews. (fingers crossed)

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

Chipotle sauce (cap and spout) My kids love it in their quesadillas and quesadillas are something that (besides the chipotle sauce) I can make for a nearly plastic-free quick lunch that my kids rave over :)

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?
Not buying dip or ranch. I’d really like to make this a permanent thing. Working on it.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
This week was a little different than the past weeks. We had A LOT of family come and stay with us… happy to share that the only items that I purchased in plastic while they were visiting was the milk. woot! :)

AND… we had a plastic-free party!!

2 comments
Danielle
Danielle

Thanks for the tip... living at the beach and with 3 kids... sunscreen is a must. Unfortunately, the little tin wouldn't last us very long. What I do to make the sunblock that we do buy last longer is by having my kids wear rash guards :) Also, I have some sunblock that is in a glass bottle. Granted it has a pump and plastic cap, but I think it's better than a complete tube :)

Margaret
Margaret

I actually found sunscreen in a metal tin the other day at Whole Foods! Just has a small ring of plastic around the edges of the lid. "Beyond Coastal Natural Lip & Face Screen"

I haven't used it yet (just starting to get sunny here in Oregon), but I'm excited to try it. It is small-ish, so maybe it's only cost-effective to use it for face and shoulders, and not your whole body.