April 27, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina Brutto, Week 1

Sabrina's plastic waste

Name: Sabrina

Weeks: 1

Personal Info:

Living in the Greater Toronto area and living with parents and sister.

My sister and I are participating in ways that we can. Our parents have agreed to some plastic reduction, but will continue to buy food items in plastic packaging.

Locaction: Ontario, Canada

Total items: 18

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Bottle of Olay face wash – #2 recyclable
3 bottle/tubes of lotions – recyclable
2 chapstick tubes – not sure
mascara tube – not sure
used blush compact – not sure
envelope window – not recyclable
4 granola bar wrappers – not recyclable
post-it wrapper – not recyclable
green tea sample packet – not recyclable
2 cookie/cracker sleeves – not recyclable
earing packaging – not recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 chapstick tubes – not sure
mascara tube – not sure
used blush compact – not sure
envelope window – not recyclable
4 granola bar wrappers – not recyclable
post-it wrapper – not recyclable
green tea sample packet – not recyclable
2 cookie/cracker sleeves – not recyclable
earing packaging – not recyclable

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
Almost everything! I have already switched to solid face soaps, lotion in glass containers and chapstick from tins.

I will not buy anymore post-its. I will use the back of scrap paper instead.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Granola bars? These were purchased by our father, but they are easy for me to take on the go with me.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
MASCARA and plastic envelope windows. Almost all samples come individually wrapped :(

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Take the time to make lunch and take real fruit for snacks. Stop wearing mascara??? I really would like to continue wearing makeup. Any mascara alternatives?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Chapstick, body lotion and face wash that is sold in plastic packaging.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Where can I find crackers/tea biscuits that are not wrapped in plastic sleeves?

Please help…
Mascara and cookies/tea biscuits?

5 comments
Sabrina B
Sabrina B

Hi Kelly & Beth - I don't think I'd get any tattoos, but I was doing some research and it is possible to make your own mascara!

Most recipes are 1/2 pigment and 1/2 gel (aloe vera!). I'm not sure if this works as well as manufactured ones, but I will certainly give it a try. I am going to try to stretch the life of this mascara to 1 year and then I will save the wand to apply my homemade one :)

I will keep you posted!

Kelly Rohlfs
Kelly Rohlfs

One mascara alternative is to have permanent makeup applied to your eyelids, I think it's a sort of tatoo. They will outline your eyes with a dark color, then you will never need mascara the rest of your life. There is an intial cost to this, but think of all the days you'll never have to worry about smeared mascara!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Sabrina, what is the pigment? Can you find the ingredients plastic-free? Will be VERY interested to hear how your experiment goes.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Kelly. While I do actually have tattoos on other parts of my body that I've had for many years, I personally would not tattoo my face -- and especially not so close to my eyes. There are all kinds of risks associated with cosmetic tattooing. Here's what the FDA has to say about it: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm108530.htm What are the chemicals in the inks? That's another big question for me.

Regardless of whether cosmetic tattooing is safe or not, tattooing wouldn't be a substitute for mascara but for eyeliner. Mascara thickens the lashes. I'm not sure if there is a plastic-free, safe substitute for mascara. Many thin-lashes people are still looking. Me? I don't give my lashes much thought. :-)