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May 17, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Fonda LaShay, Week 2

 

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Anyone know how to make ice cream without a ice cream machine and a dorm sized freezer?

Location:Stavanger, Norway

Name: Fonda LaShay

Week: 2

Personal Info:

I am an American living in Stavanger Norway with my Norwegian boyfriend.

We are trying to live plastic free. Read more about what we are trying to accomplish (more then just cutting out plastics) on my blog: http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/the-may-challenge

Fonda LaShay’s personal blog: http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli

Total items: 12

Total weight: 138 grams / 4.8 ounces

Items: Recyclable
OLD PLASTICS
Lotion Bottle
Whole Grain Rice bag
Cheese Wrapper

NEW PLASTICS
2 Ice Cream Lids
1 6 pack local beer packaging
1 mail sticker backing
3 fresh veggie wrappers
2 meat wrappers
Box of packaging from shipment (not pictured, but all have Recycling #’s)

[We have a plastic recycling station in our area, they say they take all plastics. I have not been able to find out what they do with the plastics that are not numbered.]

Items: Nonrecyclable
[We have a plastic recycling station in our area, they say they take all plastics. I have not been able to find out what they do with the plastics that are not numbered.]

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Lotion: I’m not buying lotion anymore when my stash runs out, I plan to make my own!

Rice: I have found boxed rice now, We are just working through our stash

1 mail sticker backing: Ordered some books from Amazon and the receipt had this with it.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
We plan to make our own cheese and beer once we have a basement or storage area – which we hope will be soon! I will also make our own ice cream once I can afford the machine.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Beer, which does have an alternative. We are looking to get a growler and fill it from our local brewery, but like I said above -we plan to brew our own in the future.

Ice Cream – summer came early in Norway, even though it has only been in the 70′s to us it is hot (read: no air conditioning in house, work, or car)

My local butcher has started pre packing down the cuts of meat we buy. They used to just have then sitting out in the counter, but now they are already in a baggie. Since it was for the food I am buying I tell them to leave it in the bag, so I can add it to my count. There is another butcher abit out of our town, someday we might take a road trip and see if they have better plastic free alternatives.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I am hoping that our farmers market gets better hours, they are the only place to buy bell peppers, cucumber and lettuce without plastic.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I feel this week, they were all one without alternatives in my new section. The beer, ice cream, meat and veggies are going to have to stay. If I can find better alternatives I will use them, as I am always on the lookout.

We did replace some computer equipment this week, and I can confidently say that that is a once in 5 years thing – so we can skip that next week for sure.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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4 comments
Fonda LaShay
Fonda LaShay

haha, ops! Yeah I was meaning OE. Guess I should not reply on the bus on the way to work while waking up!

Fonda LaShay
Fonda LaShay

Hi! Sadly we dont have EO here. Next trip to the states I plan to stock up. I have some more lotion left, and it i will last ages. I was just given a new bottle, it is smaller then the one from this weeks tally - but it will last me a year probably. That bottle from this week I have had since I moved from the States 3 years ago.. so I just dont use lotion much. However, I did just get some local beeswax and some recipes to try out for homemade lotion! I do feel that even though Scandinavia is on the forefront of sustainable issues often, that Norway specifically has less product options (since we are not technically part of the EU, we get less shipped in). I always look forward to my trips abroad to stock up on things that are not shipped in or would cost to much to ship in. Maybe I can convince the local health food store to start carrying EO products!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hey Fonda. Just to be clear: EO is a different company from Organic Essence. EO is bottle everything in plastic, as far as I know. I don't know if Organic Essence is sold in stores, but you can order it online, so maybe you can have a friend order you some that you can pick up when you come visit. But making your own is a great option too. Here's the recipe I tried: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/01/hand-lotion-is-it-for-bees/