May 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 4


How do you avoid plastic when you go out? On vacation?

Location:Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Name: Sabrina B

Week: 4

Personal Info:

My sister has dropped out of the challenge, so it’s all me baby!!!

Sabrina B’s personal blog:

Total items: 14

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Bottle of water
broken hair clip
hand cream bottle
envelop window

Items: Nonrecyclable
plastic tampon wrappers (several more and applicators are not shown)
plastic wrap
candy wrapper
straw and straw wrapper
3 energy bar wrappers
cereal bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I have been through this before, but it’s always about packaging! I just want the food product – why do I get plastic on the side with EVERYTHING!!! I can do without almost everything this week, except the feminine hygiene products and the hair clip.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I always have a choice, but this week I chose to use a plastic water bottle which was given to me. I chose to eat the candy and I drank from a juice box with a straw. Even though, I am vowing to use less plastic, these items are still creeping into my weekly trash count! I would love give up everything!

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Tampons/pads – do they make these without tons of wrappers? Why are people so obsessed with products that are individually wrapped? I would use tampons that simply come in a box.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I starting to think that it is nearly impossible to avoid plastic completely… I would have to dig myself a hole and live in it!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
candy :)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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4 years 11 months ago

Hi Sabrina & Maddie. Here is the post on feminine hygiene from way back:


Yes, the natracare packaging AND product are all compostable. No plastic.

As for avoiding plastic on vacation, I’ve written several posts. Here is my most recent one:


sabrina b
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Maddie – I’ve seen the Naturcare brand in the health food store, but I wasn’t sure how they were packaged on the inside. It’s good to know they are wrapped in paper. Thanks Maddie!!!

5 years 2 days ago

Naturcare makes organic non-plastic tampons wrapped in paper sleeves. You could try a menstrual cup which would save you a lot of money. (Diva Cup, The Keeper), or reusable menstrual pads. I am pretty sure Beth Terry has written posts on this.