April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin in BC, Week 4

Kristin's plastic waste

Name: Kristin

Week: 4

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

Blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com

Total items: 34

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1. Almond milk container
2. Chocolate almond milk container

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Bag of black thai rice
2. 6 packets of oatmeal (not gf, getting rid of with cookies for neighbours)
3. Sugar bag (bulk bin bags not here yet :( )
4. 2 Sugar cartons (possibly plastic coated, no recycling symbol)
5. Only Oats bag, plastic lined
6. Lime juice bottle (have switched to glass)
7. Various stickers from fruit
8. Fish bag
9. 2 DQ spoons & containers
10. Bread bag
11. 2 Daiya “cheese” bags
12. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
13. Coconut ice cream container (just one this week, I swear!)
14. Sample packets of face cream obtained quite awhile back, using em’ up
15. Mushroom tray (styrofoam) and plastic wrap
16. Suey choy wrapper
17. 2 Tags off of green onions
18. “Misto” inner packaging
19. Wrapper from taco shells
20. Soy sauce lid (label & lid are plastic, bottle is glass) & seal from new bottle
21. Rice Vinegar lid (bottle is plastic, label is paper)
22. A few band-aids & their wrappers from still healing blisters from new shoes
23. Rice bag & label
24. Twist tie off of bunch of carrots
25. Package from steak for dinner
26. Dead pen
27. Butchers paper from sausages (not shown)
28. Instant miso soup packet
29. Plastic ring off of bucket of coconut oil (yeah, we use THAT much…)
30. Real Fruit Gummies bag
31. Ritter Sport chocolate
32. Instant noodles package
33. Goats Milk Yogurt seal
34. Salad dressing bottle (the last plastic one we will ever buy)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
*Bag of black thai rice
*6 packets of oatmeal (not gf, getting rid of with cookies for neighbours)
*Sugar bag (bulk bin bags not here yet :( )
*2 Sugar cartons (possibly plastic coated, no recycling symbol)
*Lime juice bottle (have switched to glass)
*Fish bag
*2 DQ spoons & containers
*Bread bag
*7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
*Coconut ice cream container (just one this week, I swear!)
*Mushroom tray (styrofoam) and plastic wrap
*Suey choy wrapper
*2 Tags off of green onions
*Rice bag & label
*Twist tie off of bunch of carrots
*Dead pen
*Instant miso soup packet
*Real Fruit Gummies bag
*Ritter Sport chocolate
*Instant noodles package
*Goats Milk Yogurt seal
*Salad dressing bottle (the last plastic one we will ever buy)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
*6 packets of oatmeal (not gf, getting rid of with cookies for neighbours)
*Various stickers from fruit
*Sample packets of face cream obtained quite awhile back, using em’ up
*Twist tie off of bunch of carrots
*Instant miso soup packet
*Real Fruit Gummies bag
*Instant noodles package
*Goats Milk Yogurt seal
*Salad dressing bottle (the last plastic one we will ever buy)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
*Only Oats bag, plastic lined
*Various stickers from fruit
*2 Daiya “cheese” bags
*Soy sauce lid (label & lid are plastic, bottle is glass) & seal from new bottle
*Rice Vinegar lid (bottle is glass, label is paper)
*A few band-aids & their wrappers from still healing blisters from new shoes
*Package from steak for dinner
*Butchers paper from sausages (not shown)
*Plastic ring off of bucket of coconut oil (yeah, we use THAT much…)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week the issue is not so much a mass of convenience food packaging, thankfully. Our eating habits are changing for the better. We’re still going through the house & consuming things that are in plastic packages, but not repurchasing them. No rice crackers this week! But there’s still a package in the cupboard, and most of a case of ramen noodles… we’re getting there.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
RealLime juice. We will buy the Lakewood lime juice in the glass bottle from now on, or depending on the purpose, use fresh limes.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
It’s very difficult to remove plastic from your life completely. I feel like we’ve been liberated in a way, and our awareness is heightened above the general population. I see so many individual serving type items in peoples carts at the grocery store, but I know that I will have a different view on this once I have kids.

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