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April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin in BC, Week 5

 

Kristin's plastic waste

Name: Kristin

Week: 5

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

Blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com

Total items: 34

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. 2 Razor blades (not shown)
2. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
3. 2 Sample packages face cream
4. Bread bag & 3 tags
5. Bacon wrapping (not shown)
6. Tapioca starch bag wrapper
7. 2 stickers from bowls bought for blog photography
8. Lemon bag
9. Veggie bag
10. Seal from glass jar of artichoke hearts
11. Goat cheese package
12. Daiya vegan “cheese” package
13. 2 Plastic rings from laundry basket & pair of tongs purchased
14. Salad tub & seal
15. Various stickers from fruit
16. Biscuit mix bag
17. Pecan bag (from Christmas baking)
18. “Bulk” popcorn bag
19. 2 Pasta bags
20. 2 Juice Box straws
21. Chocolate wrapper
22. RealFruit gummies bag
23. Taco shell wrapping
24. Salsa jar
25. 2kg bag of sorghum flour
26. Seal from jar of peppercorns
27. Butcher paper from package of yak meat (not shown)
28. Caramel wrappers (leftover halloween candy)
29. Instant noodles package
30. Sample cup from farmers market

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-2 Razor blades (not shown)
-7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
-2 Sample packages face cream
-Bread bag & 3 tags
-Lemon bag
-Veggie bag
-Salad tub & seal
-Biscuit mix bag
-Pecan bag
-”Bulk” popcorn bag
-2 Juice Box straws
-Chocolate wrapper
-Salsa jar
-Seal from jar of peppercorns
-Instant noodles package
-Sample cup from farmers market

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Seal from glass jars of artichoke hearts/peppercorns: there is no apparent plastic-less option for these
-2 Plastic rings from laundry basket & pair of tongs purchased: plastic free items, just with a small plastic ring attaching the price tag
-Biscuit mix bag
-Instant noodles package/2 Juice Box straws: we have a ton of them to go through at this time
-Sample cup from farmers market: another classic case of “sure i’ll try your product” gah- the plastic cup!

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Butcher paper from package of yak meat (not shown)/Bacon wrapping: it ALL comes in plastic
-Tapioca starch bag wrapper: highly used in gluten free baking, not available in bulk but I have purchased a 2kg bag for future use
-Seal from glass jar of artichoke hearts/peppercorns: glass jar w/small seal OR bpa lined can that’s not resealable? Jar wins.
-2 Plastic rings from laundry basket & pair of tongs purchased: plastic free items, just with a small plastic ring attaching the price tag
-Various stickers from fruit: inescapable. Can’t wait til “fresh produce at the market” season!
-2 Pasta bags: gluten free pasta is not available in bulk here in PG. I could order it online, but that would be somewhat counterproductive I think.
-RealFruit gummies bag: Okay, not “essential”, but SO much candy is NOT gluten free. It was a long week…
-Taco shell wrapping: again, not exactly an essential item, but theses too don’t seem to be available in any other type of plastic. Vegetarian tacos are one of our faves!
-2kg bag of sorghum flour: this is as bulk as it gets around here!
-Caramel wrappers (leftover halloween candy): suggestions for plastic-free halloween items? (a little ahead of myself, I know)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
As far as lifestyle changes go, moving to a city that has more options would be a huge one! I always thought that British Columbia was “hippie” and “green” through & through, but not up north here! I can’t wait to get back to the progressive “big(ger) city”

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Lemon bag. I usually buy lemons in bulk, but these were a)on sale & b)organic & c) I found a wicked recipe I wanted to try that required lemons. I still have the rest of the lemons hangin around… I should do something with those…

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2011/03/weeks-worth-of-plastic-round-5.html

Please help me…
Caramel wrappers (leftover halloween candy): suggestions for plastic-free halloween items? (a little ahead of myself, I know) I’m sure you’ll have lots of suggestions when the time comes.

Seal from glass jar of artichoke hearts/peppercorns: glass jar w/small seal OR bpa lined can that’s not resealable? Jar wins. Is there a way around this? Maybe our deli carries artichoke hearts that I could bring my own container for, but in reality there are a lot of items we buy in glass that have a seal around the lid…

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2 comments
Kristin
Kristin

...or out of a giant plastic bag. I work in a restaurant and see a lot of things poured out of huge plastic bags.... Update: we have since found a larger glass jar of artichoke hearts from a different grocer in town that does not have a seal! Yay!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Kristin, I posted your question about Halloween Candy on the My Plastic-Free Life Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MyPlasticfreeLife/posts/136828279721752 Hopefully you'll get more answers... As for the artichoke hearts question, yeah, I'd go for glass over bpa-lined can. But finding them from the deli is the best option, assuming they are not just dumping out a big can.