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April 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin in BC, Week 6

 

Kristin's plastic waste

Name: Kristin

Week: 6

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

Blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com

Total items: 37

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
2. DQ soft serve ice cream tub
3. Garbage bag from last weeks garbage that I forgot to add!
4. Garbage bag from this weeks garbage
5. Allergen free “Chocolate Chips”
6. Corn chip bag
7. Toothpaste tube
8. Instant noodles package
9. Stahlbush frozen peas bag
10. Frozen corn bag
11. Juice box straw
12. Bread bag
13. Produce bag
14. Almond butter jar seal
15. Windshield washer fluid jug
16. Deceptive inner bag from box of pasta
17. Bandages from donating blood
18. Tray & package from rice noodles
19. Salad tub
20. Miss Vickies chip bag
21. Windshield washer fluid jug
22. 2 Daiya “cheese” packages
23. Tetley tea canister
24. 2 So Delicious coconut fudgesicle wrappers
25. Bread mix bag
26. Kiss My Face coupon & sample lotion
27. Caramel wrappers
28. Mahem chocolate bar wrapper
29. Key lime bag
30. 2 Cups, lids & straws from movie theater beverages
31. Envelope of “cheese powder” from KD-like “meal”
32. Earth Balance dairy & soy free spread leftover from Christmas baking
33. 2 straws from restaurant (not shown)
34. Pull tab from carton of OJ
35. Seal from container of goats milk yogurt
36. Container of fresh herbs
37. Seal from bottle of witch hazel

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-7 pieces dental floss (silk floss will be used as soon as the plastic stuff is gone)
-DQ soft serve ice cream tub (I am bound & determined to make my own!)
-Stahlbush frozen peas bag (their bags are biodegradable, but these new ones aren’t in stores in all varieties yet) [Note from Beth: See the truth about the Stahlbush packaging here.]
-Frozen corn bag (see above entry)
-Juice box straw (will not be repurchasing once all are used up)
-Bread bag (can make my own)
-Produce bag (was unavoidable in this circumstance, usually don’t use them)
-Deceptive inner bag from box of pasta (gluten free pasta isn’t available in anything but plastic here)
-Salad tub (can’t wait to grow my own once the snow melts!)
-Windshield washer fluid jug (could buy in larger jugs to reduce packaging)
-Tetley tea canister (don’t buy these anymore, but we have a TON of them still)
-Bread mix bag (used for a pie crust, I could easily make my own if I had the balls to)
-Key lime bag (key limes werent available in bulk, but probably could have used normal limes which are)
-2 Cups, lids & straws from movie theater beverages (could have been avoided, but we had a free movie/concession gift card from Christmas to use up)
-Envelope of “cheese powder” from KD-like “meal” (not something normally consumed, more of an “emergency food”
-Earth Balance dairy & soy free spread leftover from Christmas baking (will use coconut oil in “allergic-boy’s” christmas baking next year, comes in a bucket!)
-2 straws from restaurant (I TOTALLY forgot, easily could have asked for no straw)
-Seal from container of goats milk yogurt (not a usual purchase, we could make our own)
-Container of fresh herbs (spring IS coming, right?)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-DQ soft serve ice cream tub
-Garbage bag from last weeks garbage that I forgot to add/Garbage bag from this weeks garbage
-Instant noodles package
-Stahlbush frozen peas bag
-Frozen corn bag
-Juice box straw
-Bread bag
-Produce bag
-Tray & package from rice noodles
-Salad tub
-Miss Vickies chip bag
-2 Daiya “cheese” packages
-Tetley tea canister
-2 So Delicious coconut fudgesicle wrappers
-Bread mix bag
-Kiss My Face coupon & sample lotion
-Caramel wrappers
-Mahem chocolate bar wrapper
-Key lime bag
-2 Cups, lids & straws from movie theater beverages
-Envelope of “cheese powder” from KD-like “meal”
-Earth Balance dairy & soy free spread leftover from Christmas baking
-2 straws from restaurant (not shown)
-Pull tab from carton of OJ
-Seal from container of goats milk yogurt
-Container of fresh herbs

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Allergen free “Chocolate Chips” (Dairy & many other ‘popular’ allergen free, only available in small bags. Yes “chocolate” is essential!)
-Toothpaste tube (I’ve read about tom’s metal tubes, but the lid still being plastic. These aren’t available here, so I’d have to order them & have them shipped. Probably not better.)
-Windshield washer fluid jug (I’ve looked into it, you can’t make your own when you live in the frozen north)
-Deceptive inner bag from box of pasta (gf pasta isn’t available in any other form here :( )
-Bandages from donating blood (medical supplies are impossible to get around, no?)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We’ve fallen off the wagon a bit since learning that the Miss Vickies chips have been “reformulated” and no longer have artificial colors/flavors in them. And they were on sale. And there was a buy 2/get 1 free coupon. There’s still some in the cupboard. Meanwhile the potatoes in the crisper intended for making our own potato chips are still there. Sigh. I require further motivation.

Side note: I just realized that I have my windshield washer fluid jug on the list twice. I have looked into it, and making your own isn’t really viable in our climate. If only I lived somewhere tropical….

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Anything Dairy Queen related is gone from our house. More for the reason that their “ice cream” contains artificial flavors than anything, but none the less…

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/2011/03/weeks-worth-of-plastic-round-6.html

Please help me…
Medical supplies are impossible to get around, no? All the plastic I “took on” included a band-aid from the finger prick to test my iron and the tape with gauze on my arm where the needle was inserted. Not much, but avoidable?

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1 comments
Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Sadly, Tom's has just recently switched to plastic tubes, so the aluminum ones will no longer be available. I'm going to be looking into toothpaste options for myself. I haven't found any plastic-free alternatives for bandages or bandaids. In fact, I've ended up having a use quite a few of them myself this past month.