April 18, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin in BC, Week 10

Name: Kristin

Week: 10

Personal Info:
Couple in Prince George, BC working & attending university plus bunny.

Blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com

Total items: 30

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic recycling is not available in our area, it sadly all goes in the trash.

Items: Nonrecyclable

1. Hummus container w/seal

2. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)

3. Garbage bags for the weeks trash (not shown)

4. 2 Seals from cartons of almond milk

5. Various stickers on fruit

6. Olive oil tin (plastic spout)

7. Smoked salmon package (sushi!)

8. Seal from container of hair serum

9. Broccoli slaw bag (who can resist half price?)

10. Greens powder container

11. 6 instant noodles packages & wrapping from the case (that’s all of em’!)

12. Jugs of fuel injector cleaner & washer fluid during oil change (not shown)

13. Cucumber wrapping

14. Juice box straw

15. Hollandaise sauce mix

16. Bag & wrappers from Halloween candy (Caramels)

17. GF Bun bag (from Christmas)

18. Tortilla chip bag

19. 2 Herb containers

20. Styrofoam takeout containers (someone didn’t finish their dinner…)

21. Produce bag (pre-packaged by a vendor at the farmers market)

22. Salad bin & seal

23. Caramilk bunnies wrapper

24. 2 restaurant straws (not shown)

25. 2 restaurant mint wrappers (not shown)

26. 2 restaurant dip cups (not shown)

27. Agave (glass) bottle lid

28. Seal from new bottle of agave

29. Goat cheese package

30. Bandaids & wrappers (not shown)

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
-Hummus container w/seal

-7 pieces dental floss

-Olive oil tin (plastic spout)

-Broccoli slaw bag (who can resist half price?)

-Greens powder container

-6 instant noodles packages & wrapping from the case (that’s all of em’!)

-Hollandaise sauce mix

-2 Herb containers

-Styrofoam takeout containers

-Produce bag

-Salad bin & seal

-Caramilk bunnies wrapper

-2 restaurant straws

-2 restaurant mint wrappers

-2 restaurant dip cups

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

-Seal from container of hair serum

-Broccoli slaw bag

-Greens powder container

-6 instant noodles packages & wrapping from the case

-Juice box straw

-Hollandaise sauce mix

-Bag & wrappers from Halloween candy (Caramels)

-GF Bun bag (from Christmas)

-2 Herb containers

-Styrofoam takeout containers

-Produce bag

-Caramilk bunnies wrapper

-2 restaurant straws

-2 restaurant mint wrappers

-2 restaurant dip cups

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-7 pieces dental floss

-Garbage bag for the weeks trash

-Various stickers on fruit

-Jugs of fuel injector cleaner & washer fluid during oil change

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This entire week has been a lifestyle change for us! We’re going on a trip for two weeks, leaving Friday so we’re trying to use up all kinds of odds & ends in order to not come home to some random rotting food in the fridge. We’ve been getting creative (and desperate!) Most of this stuff was existing in our house, not newly purchased so we’re just using it up anyways.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
This was the last of the instant noodles. They’re finally all gone & wont be invited back into our pantry.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2011/04/weeks-worth-of-plastic-round-10.html