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April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Bizz, Week 1

 

Name: Bizz

Week: 1

Personal Info:
I live in British Columbia with my partner, Dan, who is not taking part of this, however will contribute to the consumption of some of the food etc from the packages. We have no children, just two cats. I live in a small northern town where there are not a lot of amenities, including a short farmers market season and few recycling options. I have to drive to the next town over for a lot of my recycling.

Total items: 47

Total weight: 300.5g

Items: Recyclable
1- bag for grapes*
2 – bag from soup given by a friend*
3 – fork from soup given by friend**
4 – soy packet**** x3
5 – small piece of my laptop broke off****
6 – Laundry soap container***
7 – Laundry soap lid***
8 – Frozen Yogurt containter***
9 – Frozen yogurt lid***
10 – fruit sticker**** x 8
11 – Fruit cup***** x 2
12 – Granola bar wrapper**** x2
13 – styrofoam egg carton**
14 – Plastic seal from butter****
15 – Noodle packet**** x2
16 – Envelope windows**** x4
17 – Kleenex box opening****
18 – Tab from ice cream****
19 – strawberry container****
20 – walnut package****
21 – shipping bag* x4
22 – peanut butter seal****
23 – Bread tag^ garbage
24 – deli meat package****
25 – Styrofoam meat packaging****
26 – bread bag* x3
27 – Hershey’s hugs package****

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 – soy packet**** x3
2 – small piece of my laptop broke off****
3 – fruit sticker**** x 8
4 – Fruit cup***** x 2
5 – Granola bar rapper**** x2
6 – Plastic seal from butter****
7 – Noodle packet**** x2
8 – Envelope windows**** x4
9 – Kleenex box opening****
10 – Tab from ice cream****
11 – strawberry container****
12 – walnut package****
13 – peanut butter seal****
14 – Bread tag^ garbage
15 – deli meat package****
16 – Styrofoam meat packaging****
17 – Hershey’s hugs package****

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I normally use a hankerchief, but have been sick and had kleenex on the go.
Fruit stickers will be reduced when farmers markets start.
Make my own granola bars.
Say no to offers of take out.
Buy nuts, pasta and treats in bulk.
Buy butter with foil wrapper.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Premade fruit cups
Noodles

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Envelope windows that are mailed to me.
Seals on peanut butter, etc.
Meat packaging.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Making a lot of my own foods such as granola bars, canning fruit for winter, baking bread.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
No take out plastic!

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2 comments
Bizz
Bizz

I'm on ebilling for everything I can be, but the government always sends stuff to me through mail and capital one doesn't have ebilling. :O Refusing hospitality is so hard. Especially when people are bringing you soup cuz you're sick. :(

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

I agree that refusing the Take-Out plastic is probably the best first step! I've also gotten into the habit of getting off paper mailing lists -- getting statements and bills online instead of through mail and asking to be removed from advertising mailing lists. It takes persistence, but you can really get those plastic envelope windows down that way.