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July 25, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Stephanie, Week 1

 

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If anyone knows, if Milk can actually be bought in glass containers anymore.

Location:Sainte-Therese, Quebec, Canada

Name: Stephanie

Week: 1

Personal Info:

We are a family of three from Sainte-Therese, Quebec, Canada about 20 minutes north of Montreal. Presently, we are living in the USA and have been for 2 years. Next stop is Fort Worth, TX until the spring and it will be home sweet home after. Fun Fact our daughter is American, she was born in Kansa this past fall!

We have decided to take the plastic-free challenge because we want to live as waste- free as possible and use the least amount of plastic as possible.

I am off work (social worker) right now and have been since my husband had to move to the USA for work. Presently, I am on maternity leave, so I decided to start blogging. You can find me at www.goodgirlgonegreen.com

Oh and I have been vegan for about 2-3 months. My husband still loves his animal products, but doesn’t eat a lot of it.

Stephanie’s personal blog: http://www.goodgirlgonegreen.com

Total items: 31

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
-1 coke bottle (husband)
-2 milk bottles (husband)
-5 caps-I send them to a company that makes caps into door mats (husband)
-2 meats bags (husband)
-1 packaging bag (husband)

-1 Dr.Bronners soap bottle (me/husband)
-1-Dr.Bronners cap (me./husband)
-1 cashew bag (me/husband)

-1 raison bag (me/husband)
-1 cacao bag (me)
-1 baggie (me)
-1 bag flax seeds (me)

Items: Nonrecyclable
-1 deodorant (husband)
-1 cling wrap from cheese (husband)
-5 plastic things from milk (husband)
-4 plastic things from a shirt my husband bought (husband)

-1 bags from lemons (me/husband)
-1 bunch of plastic from bananas (me/husband)

 

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Bag from lemons-not going to buy them if they come in a bag

-Cashews-buy in bulk using my organic cotton bag

-Raisons-buy in bulk using my organic cotton bag

-Flax seeds bag-buy in bulk with my organic cotton bag

-Clothing plastic-Dont buy clothing that had stupid pieces of plastic on the collars

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Coke-my husband doesn’t need it or really drink it

-Lemons

-Cacao…sad face

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Milk-I feel buying it in plastic is better than in the carton. The carton can’t be recycled and at least the plastic can. I am looking to buy milk in a glass container but so far haven’t been successful. My husband loves his milk!

-Plastic caps and such that come with the milk

-Deodorant

-Banana wrap-seems all organic banana’s have that stupid wrap…Grrrr

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
-Dr.Bronners soap-Find in bulk and refill my container

-Cheese-Find somewhere to buy cheese without plastic????

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
-Lemons, even though I love them so!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
A lot of the plastic came from my husband…LOL!

We are going to be starting a one year challenge: not produce any or very little waste. And as well try and buy as plastic-free as possible, and if it does have plastic it needs to be recycable!

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3 comments
Melissa
Melissa

Welcome to cow town when you come to Ft. Worth! Check out Spiral Diner, it's a great vegan place. Have you tried homemade deodorant? There's lots of great options. Next year Badger Balm is supposed to make one and I think it will be plastic free. I'm sure you can get cacao plastic free. Either bulk or write Theo's (a chocolate company). If no loose lemons, how about in a glass jar?

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Stephanie. Welcome to the challenge! There definitely are dairies that still bottle in glass, but you have to search for them. I found one brand, Harmony, in Ontario that sells in a couple of Quebec locations. http://www.harmonyorganic.on.ca/store/cat/7 I don't know if that is accessible to you. Here's the list of locations. Scroll down the left sidebar to see the locations listed in Quebec. http://www.harmonyorganic.on.ca/page/where_to_buy?c=186 Maybe someone else knows if there is any other dairy bottling in glass near you. Will you share the name of the company that makes caps into mats? Thanks!