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August 22, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 8

 

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Location:, Belgium

Name: Ellen and Pedro

Week: 8

Personal Info:

We got a bit lost with our timing so this is our challenge for WEEK 7 AND 8!

We are a two person, two cat household trying to be conscious of our plastic/waste footprint. We do lately struggle between eating healthy organic vegan food and the use of plastic.

Ellen and Pedro’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
loads of plastic bags for vegetables, at the pharmacy, shoemaker, etc
plastic wraps for cheese, we now buy them in a paper wrap (with a tiny sliver of plastic)
we no longer buy plastic ketchup bottles

Total items collected: 18

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
8 tetrapack
1 ketchup bottle
1 hair conditioner

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 container tofutti
3 big vegan yogurt containers + lid
18 small vegan yogurt containers + lig
1 tube of toothpaste
2 butter containers
2 plastic wraps of pre-baked bread
1 plastic from rice
2 containers mushrooms
6 containers bread spread
1 container veggieburger
1 container tumeric
1 package of a new knife
2 plastic packages of a new cat mat
bag (coca cola) container 200g of misc wrappers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
We are miserably failing at reducing plastic because of the vegan food. So contradictory!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
pre-baked breads

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
breadspreads

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?

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1 comments
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator moderator

Sorry to hear you guys are having so much trouble acquiring plastic free vegan food options. Do you have any close vegan friends nearby? Perhaps you can come up with some type of weekly food trade so you don't have to spend so much time in the kitchen. Like one week or month, one house prepares enough bread for themselves and another family while you guys prepare dips for your house and the other family and then switch off. Not sure how feasible this option is but I've always wanted to try this type of thing with a neighbor.