May 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 5

week5

Can I buy burger buns without bags?

Location:Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Name: Sabrina B

Week: 5

Personal Info:

Sabrina B’s personal blog: http://www.birdicus.blogspot.com

Total items: 9

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 bottles of lotion
1 envelop window

Items: Nonrecyclable
burger bun bag
4 chocolate wrappers
energy bar wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The chocolate :)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
The energy bars. I am looking into making my own Lara imitation bars.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Burger buns are an essential for me. I buy the flat pita-like ones and I toast them for breakfast. I guess I could try having oatmeal… yuk!

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning my snacks and meals ahead of time. Avoid temptations at work such as the chocolate a co-worker offered to me – I will just say “no thank you” :)

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The chocolate wrappers…

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

6 comments
Fonda LaShay
Fonda LaShay

If you want easy and not to kneed the bread.. these seem really easy..

http://jamesstarmer.com/food/no-knead-buns

http://www.breadtopia.com/2008/08/09/hamburger-bun-recipe

IF you dont want to make them, look for a local bakery and take your own cloth sack to pick some up!Here are 2 i read about:

Vegan Danish Bakery (7718 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON) has breads, they might have buns? Also reading that there is a place called Fresh Buns & Bread (3750 St Clair Ave E, Scarborough, ON) not sure if they are far... Or places like Panera.. if they have that there...

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable
Kris @ Attainable Sustainable

I've made my own buns as well, to avoid both the packaging and the HFCS. In a pinch, though, I've taken to buying baguettes (paper wrapping, no HFCS) and slicing them into 6" lengths. I just make my burgers accordingly.