May 23, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 12

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This week I take full responsibility for all of my items. I know better. Between a 24 hour notice camping trip (that resulted in a LOT of packaged foods & other items) and not having time to do the other things (like baking) that I had intended to do this week it’s just been a giant disaster :( As the season is working it’s way towards warmer days, I need to focus on remaining vigilant & dedicated to limiting my plastic and not frittering away this finite oil based “resource” on summer whims.

Next week we’re buying some grass seed & potting soil etc which I suspect I wont be able to find “unbagged”. Any suggestions? I’ll check out our greenhouse before I go to Home Depot, but there aren’t many resources in our small city.

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 12

Personal Info:

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

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

Total items: 37

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
2. Garbage bag for the week (not shown)
3. 2 Ice bags from camping
4. 2 Chip bags
5. Rice cracker tray
6. Plastic lining inside air mattress
7. Daiya package
8. 2 Salad tubs
9. Rice bag
10. Broken plastic spoon
11. Juice box straw
12. Tortilla chip bag
13. Wine gum bag
14. 2 pieces butchers paper
15. Frozen fruit bag
16. Restaurant straw (not shown)
17. Bison burger packaging
18. Breton cracker sleeve
19. 2 Pasta bags
20. Lid to glass bottle of salad dressing
21. Duct tape wrapping
22. Cellophane from box of q-tips
23. Ham package
24. Cherry tomato container
25. OLD package of jam (found in camping gear)
26. Dried blueberries package
27. Apron package (I thought it was a home made one when I ordered it)
28. Bread bag
29. Tab from carton of almond milk
30. Candy wrapper
31. Energy chews package
32. Seal from glass bottle of salad dressing
33. Corn tortilla bag
34. Seal from glass bottle of soy sauce
35. Citronella candle bucket lid
36. 2 (OJ & Coconut milk) pull tabs
37. Fish packaging

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
-2 Ice bags from camping
-2 Chip bags
-2 Salad tubs
-Rice bag
-Broken plastic spoon
-Tortilla chip bag
-Wine gum bag
-Frozen fruit bag
-Restaurant straw (not shown)
-Lid to glass bottle of salad dressing
-OLD package of jam (found in camping gear)
-Dried blueberries package
-Apron package (I thought it was a home made one when I ordered it)
-Bread bag
-Seal from glass bottle of salad dressing
-Citronella candle bucket lid
-Fish packaging

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-2 Ice bags from camping
-2 Chip bags
-Rice cracker tray
-2 Salad tubs
-Juice box straw
-Tortilla chip bag
-Wine gum bag
-Frozen fruit bag
-Restaurant straw (not shown)
-Bison burger packaging
-Breton cracker sleeve
-Ham package
-Cherry tomato container
-OLD package of jam (found in camping gear)
-Candy wrapper
-Energy chews package
-Citronella candle bucket lid

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
None of this weeks items seem truly essential to me; I could technically survive without all of them!

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning ahead. Which in the case of the camping gear wasn’t terribly feasible. Be more prepared… or take the day off work to get prepared?

We are trying to make a habit of emptying our ice trays at the end of the day so that we can amass enough ice to avoid buying the stuff when we need it.

We’re also been working on getting our yard in shape this week (since we’ve had a break from the rain!) rather than spending more time inside on food prep etc. I’ll need to maximize the hours in my day by spending less time on the computer reading blogs :)

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
This week we’re giving up pre-packaged lunch meat. It’s not something that we buy often by any stretch of the imagination. It was an easy purchase for our camping trip. Our 24 hour notice camping trip… we are generally more prepared.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2011/05/weeks-worth-of-plastic-week-12.html

1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hey Kristin, it may be true that none of the items are technically essential, but maybe a better way to look at it is what are you personally unwilling to give up? We all have limits. And recognizing those limits is important so we can give ourselves a break and focus on the stuff that is truly extraneous and not making our lives significantly better.

Maybe I should reword the question.