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How do you avoid plastic when you go out? On vacation?
Location:Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Name: Sabrina B
My sister has dropped out of the challenge, so it’s all me baby!!!
Sabrina B’s personal blog: http://www.birdicus.blogspot.com
Total items: 14
Bottle of water
broken hair clip
hand cream bottle
plastic tampon wrappers (several more and applicators are not shown)
straw and straw wrapper
3 energy bar wrappers
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I have been through this before, but it’s always about packaging! I just want the food product – why do I get plastic on the side with EVERYTHING!!! I can do without almost everything this week, except the feminine hygiene products and the hair clip.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I always have a choice, but this week I chose to use a plastic water bottle which was given to me. I chose to eat the candy and I drank from a juice box with a straw. Even though, I am vowing to use less plastic, these items are still creeping into my weekly trash count! I would love give up everything!
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Tampons/pads – do they make these without tons of wrappers? Why are people so obsessed with products that are individually wrapped? I would use tampons that simply come in a box.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I starting to think that it is nearly impossible to avoid plastic completely… I would have to dig myself a hole and live in it!
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Hi Sabrina & Maddie. Here is the post on feminine hygiene from way back: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/plastic-free-feminine-hygiene-it-had-to/ Yes, the natracare packaging AND product are all compostable. No plastic. As for avoiding plastic on vacation, I've written several posts. Here is my most recent one: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/02/plastic-free-travel-bring-your-own-and-be-prepared/
Hey Maddie - I've seen the Naturcare brand in the health food store, but I wasn't sure how they were packaged on the inside. It's good to know they are wrapped in paper. Thanks Maddie!!!
Naturcare makes organic non-plastic tampons wrapped in paper sleeves. You could try a menstrual cup which would save you a lot of money. (Diva Cup, The Keeper), or reusable menstrual pads. I am pretty sure Beth Terry has written posts on this.