January 16, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 53

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Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 53

Personal Info:

Family of 5.

Collecting my plastic waste for 52 weeks. See week 1 post for more info :)

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

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I made potato chips!

Total items collected: 19

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
none

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 bag (arborio rice)
1 gardein package
1 plastic wrap (parmesan)
1 wrap (sausage)
7 caps/rings (milk in glass jugs)
3 cap/seal/spout (peanut oil)
2 produce ties
3 seals (ice cream)
1 battery package

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Batteries: We use rechargeable batteries. This is from an old pack.

Parmesan: Plan ahead and always get it from my co-op wrapped in paper.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Peanut oil: If I make chips again, I will just use canola oil that I can get in bulk.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Arborio rice: I hadn’t made risotto in over a year because I couldn’t find it without plastic :( An intense craving for risotto hit me and I made the decision to buy it. I LOVE risotto immensely. I plan on asking my co-op to carry it.

Sausage: My daughter eats sausage and I buy it for her from time to time. I don’t know a way around the plastic.

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?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

4 comments
Danielle
Danielle

It would appear that since this is #52 it was the end... but... I shared my plastic waste 3 times prior to committing to the 52 week challenge :)

I think my co-op has pearled barley. Still plan on asking for arborio.. I mean... everyone LOVES risotto right?? :)

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Oh, and does your coop carry pearled barley? If so, try risotto with that. It does take longer to cook than arborio rice, so you have to plan for that. But yeah, you should ask them to carry arborio rice in bulk. I see you bought Lundberg. That is the brand that I get from the bulk bin at Whole Foods, so it's definitely available. However, there might be a more local rice grower to you. Lundberg is out here near me.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

This is the official end of your first year, right? Congratulations!