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February 14, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 45

 

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Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 45

Personal Info:

University & working couple plus bunny doing the best we can!

Kristin Overton’s personal blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I remembered to ask for no straw at brunch! This is a big deal for me!

Total items collected: 18

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Sadly plastic recycling isn’t available where we live.

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Hair product tube
2. Vacuum cleaner hepa filter
3. 3 Salad tubs
4. 2 Chip bags
5. Gummies bag
6. Price tag ring from glass travel mug
7. Stickers from fruit & veg
8. 2 Organic broccoli tags
9. Bandaid wrappers
10. Daiya bag
11. 2 Pasta bags
12. Tinted moisturizer tube
13. Seal around jar of peanut butter
14. Cheesecloth bag
15. Makeup tester stick
16. 2 Meat trays & plastic wrap
17. Rice Krispies bag
18. 2 Seals from mailer envelopes

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-3 Salad tubs: could buy heads of lettuce/spinach
-2 Chip bags: we can make these ourselves
-2 Organic broccoli tags: we could have bought conventional broccoli without tags
-Cheesecloth bag: I have learned that we may be able to buy cheesecloth on bolts from the fabric store. I will investigate our local options!
-Makeup tester stick: I repeatedly told her “no”, but she did it anyways…
-2 Meat trays & plastic wrap: we may have been able to get these from our butchers rather than the health food store, but they wouldn’t have been organic
-2 Seals from mailer envelopes: these came from cardboard envelopes (rather than the cheaper plastic bubble mailers) this was the less plastic option at the post office, but I could surely have sourced out other options perhaps from Staples.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Cheesecloth bag
-Makeup tester stick
-2 Meat trays & plastic wrap?
-Rice Krispies bag

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Vacuum cleaner hepa filter: apparently we are supposed to replace this every 6 months. It’s been 3 years of use with now being the first time we’re replaced it. We’re not crazy anal about our air quality, so it’s not a big deal. We needed to replace it to keep our vacuum working.
-Price tag ring from glass travel mug: aside from reducing our consumerism & items purchased, this is unavoidable. Even the thrift stores where we live use these rings for some things. But we have reduced the amount of “stuff” we bring into our home.
-Stickers from fruit & veg… summer’s coming!
-Bandaid wrappers: I work in food service… these are definitely necessary.
-Tinted moisturizer tube: I’m working on finding alternatives!
-Seal around jar of peanut butter: fresh made PB is available in some places, but not where we live. We do buy the large glass jars to reduce the number of them we buy.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Less chips. More sticking to “the plan”. Less sugar. More making from scratch. Less convenience food. More time spent in the kitchen. Less easy button. More vegetarian meals.

I’m going to go plan my garden now.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Styrofoam meat trays. Getting away from meat in plastic completely isn’t practical for us based on where we live & what’s available to us here. We’re having someone raise a couple of turkeys for us this year, so we’ll have fresh poultry in the fall, but we’ll still have to wrap them in something to freeze them.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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