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Any good suggestions on how to make your own mustard?
Any good suggestions on a cup/glass you bring with you to parties when you don’t want a plastic one? I suppose I could bring a travel coffee mug and drink beer/wine out of it at a BBQ, but I wonder if there’s something more classy.
Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
Name: Hanh Pham
This is my second go around with the Plastic Free Challenge. Last time, I made it to week 3. I hope I’ll be able to keep tabs on my plastic use for longer this time.
I am super passionate about reducing my waste. I bring reusable containers wherever I dine out so I don’t get non-recyclable plastic… or styrofoam. I bring stainless steel utensils and a water bottle with me too.
I am intrigued about how close I can get to zero waste. Hence, some of my pictures have other recyclables in there. Oops!
I live in a 3-flat with my husband, and we don’t have any pets.
Hanh Pham’s personal blog: http://prettydirtyperformances.blogspot.com/
List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
I don’t remember exactly…
Total items collected: 14
2 blueberry containers
1 mustard bottle
1 tofu container
Plastic wrapper around mustard
Plastic to go container
Plastic sauce container and lid
2 public transit cards
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could bring my own cup when I go to parties so I won’t be given one. I usually bring my own stainless steel water bottle, but I was at a bridal shower, and there was champagne… served in a plastic cup, and I couldn’t refuse.
The plastic to go container along with fork and plastic sauce container and lid came from a lunch that my boss offered to me. I thought the sandwich would be wrapped in foil or parchment paper. If I knew it would be packaged this way, I would have refused.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I am willing to give up chips. I could eat my hummus with veggies instead.
I could also make my own mustard.
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Public transit cards! There are boxes at public transportation stations that have a sign on them that state “Place used transit cards here.” When I asked an employee what happens to the used cards once the box gets filled, she said they just throw it away. So sad.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Hi! There is a recipe on the Zero Waste Home Blog for mustard as well as other things that are helpful: http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/2010/03/zero-waste-recipes.html
Well done on week number two Hanh! I've made my own mustard a few times and it's turned out really well. Was surprised how easy it is actually. I used a recipe I found via wikiHow the first time and now I use slight variations of the same recipe. Basically I use whatever sweetener I have on hand at the moment which is either honey or coconut sugar. Here is a link to the mustard recipe via wikiHow:http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mustard-from-Scratch
I'm able to find these ingredients thankfully in the bulk section at my grocery store.
As far as cups go, I love my Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint size cup! They are lightweight but very sturdy and I feel they look pretty nice too. Take a look and tell me what you think.
Also, I checked out your blog and totally feel your pan while reading "Crushed", which is exactly how I've felt when being duped into plastic or Styrofoam which was the case for your burrito. Isn't it frustrating? Ugh, but you're right, the person behind the counter didn't know and I just have to keep reminding myself that and try again next time to forgo plastic.
@Katie10 Thanks for the tip, Katie! Love Bea's site!
Have you tried her recipe for making toothpaste? I read the forum thread on that and am unsure about brushing my teeth with baking soda and stevia...
@Plastic-Free Ericka ModeratorVery cool, Ericka! Thanks for sharing these tips and resources! I like the pictures on how to make mustard and the Klean Kanteen cups look snazzy. Thanks for reading my blog post too. :D
@Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Very cool, Ericka! Thanks for sharing these tips and resources! I like the pictures on how to make mustard and the Klean Kanteen cups look snazzy. Thanks for reading my blog post too. :D
I have not tried the toothpaste yet. It is one of the last personal care products I still buy with plastic. I do make my own deodorant and that works pretty well when I am not too nervous..
@HanhDoPham @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator I actually had the chance to meet two representatives from Klean Kanteen while at an Earth Day event in San Francisco and was so happy to find out the changes the company made to lessen the amount of packaging for their products. They seem to really care about the environment AND make as you said, snazzy looking products to boot! I myself have only heard praises regarding my Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups during parties and picnics.