February 22, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 46

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What’s your favorite non-plastic food storage container?

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Can someone in the US “angel” some of these to me so that I don’t have to buy whole new products:

https://www.anchoronline.com/replacements.html

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 46

Personal Info:

University & working couple plus bunny doing the best we can!

Kristin Overton’s personal blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
A few straws in restaurants this week (yay!)
Grocery, produce & bulk bin bags
We got a “preowned” fridge this week rather than a brand spankin’ new one: that counts for something, right?
Milk bought in glass & plastic lids recycled

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Sadly plastic recycling isn’t available where we live.

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Melted food storage container lid
2. Lid to canister of hot chocolate
3. 2 Pasta bags
4. Garbage bag (not shown)
5. Stickers on fruit & veg
6. 3 Chopstick wrappers (not shown)
7. Salad dressing container
8. A few restaurant straws (not shown)
9. Hummus container
10. Yogurt container
11. Cheese wrapper
12. Contact solution bottle
13. Candy stick wrapper
14. Spray bottle nozzle
15. White board spray bottle
16. Shipping bag from etsy (more bulk bags- yay!)
17. 2 Bread bags
18. Emergen-C packet
19. Seal to bottle of contact solution
20. Package of “cheese powder”

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Melted food storage container lid: we could buy stainless steel tiffins rather than glass containers with plastic lids
-Lid to canister of hot chocolate: could be bought in bulk, but without an ingredients list this isn’t something we can risk. Not an item we consume often anyways
-3 Chopstick wrappers (not shown): we own chopsticks and love using them. This restaurant visit was spur of the moment/unplanned so we were unprepared
-Salad dressing container: another restaurant I haven’t eaten at before & wasn’t expecting the dressing to come in a container
-A few restaurant straws (not shown): We did remember a few times to ask for no straw (and yet ended up with them anyways)
-Hummus container: can be made from scratch
-Yogurt container: could be made from scratch (but unlikely)
-Cheese wrapper: some cheese is available in bulk from our deli, but not goats milk cheeses
-Candy stick wrapper: “old stock”
-2 Bread bags: We can always make time to bake bread from scratch. Easier said than done…

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Melted food storage container lid: we don’t seem to be able to order replacement lids to be shipped to Canada. Maybe we’ll start buying a different food storage container?
-Lid to canister of hot chocolate: not a commonly consumed item in our house
-Hummus container? The one time we tried to make it ourselves it was a disaster. Maybe we should give it another shot!
-Contact solution bottle: the alternative to this is laser eye surgery… one day!
-Candy stick wrapper: we gave up individually wrapped candy awhile back, but discovered this lingering in the house (there’s a few more…)
-White board spray bottle: I don’t think we have a need to buy more of this
-Package of “cheese powder”: we have quite a few of these “stockpiled” in the house, but with a “real food” goal in mind, I think I can say that we (I) would give these up

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Garbage bag (not shown)
-Stickers on fruit & veg
-Contact solution bottle
-Seal to bottle of contact solution

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Baking our own bread, making our own hummus, eating more whole foods with less reliance on packaged/refined things like pasta. We ate out a few times this week due to a no refrigerator monday through wednesday. This was completely out of our hands (and a nightmare I might add) but is resolved now!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Packages of cheese mix: Think the powder envelopes that come in a box of KD, but gluten free and bought separately. Did I mention they’re lined in plastic :( There’s still a healthy handful of them in the cupboard though, so you’ll see them again. Note the focusing on real food that I mentioned earlier…

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2012/02/weeks-worth-of-plastic-week-46.html

2 comments
Kristin
Kristin

We use mason jars for nearly all of our bulk storage: dried fruits, rice, dried beans. lentils & nuts. Partial cans of coconut milk go into a jam jar in the fridge when we need, but the containers I'm trying to replace the lids for are the big guns. The 7 cup containers that come to the fish monger with me, and hold a dinners worth of chili in the freezer until we need it on a cold day.

I know it seems ridiculous to ask for help replacing my plastic lids within a community of people aiming to reduce their plastic consumption, but with an overall environmental impact frame of mind, it would be better to replace just the lids rather than the whole container, no?

Thank you again Beth for your constant support as we all go forth in the direction of a truly plastic free lifestyle. <3

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hey Kristin, the Customer Service page says, "Anchor Online currently ships to the 50 States and we are working through the process of allowing shipments to Canada for early 2011!" Why not call and find out if there is currently a way to get these in Canada. Maybe you can place an order over the phone. Or maybe they can refer you to a different site.

That said, since you're in Canada, if you want new containers, check out the offerings at lifewithoutplastic.com. They are a Canadian company and have both glass and stainless steel containers with stainless steel lids.

Also -- mason jars are awesome for food storage. We reuse spaghetti sauce jars.

The pre-owned fridge DEFINITELY counts!