August 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 23

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Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 23

Personal Info:

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

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

Total items: 27

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Tortilla chip bag
2. Macadamia nut bag (from our trip to Maui)
3. 3 garbage bags (not shown)
4. Salad tub
5. Haagen Dazs wrapper
6. Ring from glass milk bottle
7. Hot chocolate lid
8. Chocolate wrapper
9. 2 Duck breast wrappers
10. Ziploc bag with hole
11. Onion & avocado stickers
12. Chili powder bag
13. Flower wrapping
14. Hair product
15. Bread bag
16. Rain-X stuff that came with windshield wipers
17. Ring off of new pot
18. Arrowroot powder bag
19. Bubble mailer
20. Chocolate chip bag
21. Wrapping from glass food containers
22. 2 Band-aids & wrappers
23. Deli meat bag
24. Bacon package
25. Plastic coated picture hanging wire (extra)
26. Steak packaging
27. Dare Real Fruit Gummies package

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Tortilla chip bag: could be making our own, but the tortilla’s still come in plastic
-Macadamia nut bag (from our trip to Maui): can be bought in bulk at home
-3 garbage bags (not shown): one can always strive towards not needing these!
-Salad tub: this time of year we can still buy salad greens at the farmers market without plastic. Which we’re doing!
-Haagen Dazs wrapper: impulse buy. I def didn’t NEED this
-Ring from glass milk bottle: already fairly plasticless, but could reduce consumption
-Hot chocolate lid: can buy in bulk, but need to see ingredients for allergy awareness
-Chocolate wrapper: tried a new kind. Wasn’t that good anyways…
-Onion & avocado stickers: bought local onions this week (stickerless) but avocadoes certainly don’t grow here!
-Chili powder bag: have already given up spices in plastic; this was an existing item
-Flower wrapping: last week I bought flowers from this lady at the market & none of them were in plastic, but sadly this week they ALL had plastic.
-Bread bag: this bread comes from a bakery that packages it in paper, but includes a plastic bag inside to keep it in. We just need to remember to ask for no plastic bag when we order it.
-Ring off of new pot: If I’d stop wrecking pots, we wouldn’t need to keep buying new ones!
-Deli meat bag: gotta remember to bring containers!
-Bacon package: can get bacon sliced to order at this same deli
-Plastic coated picture hanging wire (extra): wasn’t aware that it was coated when I bought it :(
-Steak packaging: 6 steaks in one package (from work) is already a reduction in plastic, but I could get it from a butcher without plastic (for a higher cost)
-Dare Real Fruit Gummies package: these are the only artificial color/flavor free candies I can easily find around here. You’ll have to yank them from my cold dead hands.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Haagen Dazs wrapper
-Hot chocolate lid
-Flower wrapping
-Plastic coated picture hanging wire (extra)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
2 Band-aids & wrappers: I cut my finger slicing home made bread (go figure) and (on the same day) scraped my toe (worse than I had originally thought) into a bloody oblivion. In the food service industry, these need to be dealt with…

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Eat less meat. We’ve had a lot this week.
Spend less money. I’ve been a “good little consumer” this week, buying lots of things…

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Plastic coated picture hanging wire- The first kit we bought to hang the mirror we purchased contained wire that was not coated in any way, but when we needed to take a second run at getting the thing on the wall & had to go back to the store to get more wire, the package containing only the wire (from the same brand) had a plastic coating. I hadn’t even considered that it would have been different, but live & learn right?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2011/08/weeks-worth-of-plastic-week-23.html

2 comments
Kristin
Kristin

Thanks Beth, I hadn't thought of it! We have a guy at our farmers market that makes amazing fresh salsa which we buy regularly- this is the leading cause of our tortilla chip purchasing!

As far as buying cornmeal in bulk, I hate to admit but I'm a little wary. My celiac disease is very sensitive & cross contamination in the bulk bins (especially in the "grains" section) makes me nervous. Avoiding a "gluten poisoning" is number one in importance (unfortunately ahead of ALL else).

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Kristin. Have you thought of getting a tortilla press and making your own? If you eat a lot of tortilla chips, it might be worth it. They are all metal. http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-452797/Cast-Iron-Tortilla-Press

I don't think you actually need a press to make tortillas, but it makes it easier. You can get the cornmeal in bulk.

I haven't tried this myself. Danielle Richardet makes homemade tortillas, but I think hers are wheat flour.