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Lydia Pack - New Zea
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April 22, 2018 - 3:06 am

Intro: I’m trying to move to plastic-free for both conservation and health reasons. Because I’m on a lower income I’ve also included in the tally things people kindly give me that that I don’t buy but I use.

What plastic items did I REFUSE this week?
1) Got organic veges that aren’t in plastic supermarket bags or shrinks wrap for the first time, but was really disappointed when I saw they arrived in 1 big plastic bag!
2) Finally used up the last of my plastic toothfloss and got my first silk toothfloss from the link on this site – so excited to have it come!
3) Put my Matcha into a glass canister (to stop my exposure to BPA in the tin lining).
4) Gave away all my unused Tupperware to someone who will use it. (I haven’t given away the big Tupperware boxes as I’m using them and will slowly replace them with glass from secondhand stores and give them away too.)
5) Not accepting till receipts (lined with BPA plastic) and I’ve told friends about this and they are starting to do the same. Such a waste when it’s not needed, I realised I can take a photo of the receipt or till and use that instead.

Of the items I collected, which ones are recyclable where I live?
1) milk bottle, 2) rice cracker packaging – it was an eye-opener to me how little could be recycled.

Which ones are non-recyclable?
Everything else!

Which am I unsure of?
None

Looking at my list, what feelings arise for me?
Can’t believe I have so much, I had been already trying to reduce my plastic over this last month and it was shocking to see just how much there still was in here. I found going around the supermarket all of a sudden ridiculous! Hardly anything packaged in glass, and it all felt really shocking now I know about the huge plastic oceanic waste area in the Pacific 5 times the size of NZ and the poisons like BPA lining tins and Phthalates in all the flexible plastic and more.

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
Going to a bulk bin place, I just have to figure out where in Wellington.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Not sure yet, most seem doable.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
My medication, it comes in these little pill packs that aren’t recyclable, but really not needed. I’m not sure what to do with this. I’ve swapped some of my other medication to glass bottles and am hoping to ask the pharmacist to refill these, but I don’t know what to do with this one.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m still not sure what to do to replace my vinyl and the Phthalates that come out from it. I know Wellington Rabbit Rescue that really needs vinyl right now, but I can’t think of a healthy affordable alternative at this stage.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I’m a bit unsure and tend to make the change that’s most achievable each week based on where I’m at, but was thinking of using a glass bottle for my vinegar that I can refill, or a glass canister for my liquid soap I can refill. It will depend on what I can find at secondhand stores, or hand-me-downs etc. I’m not sure where I can even get refills of vinegar for cleaning at this stage, or instead of getting my replacement plastic toothbrush get a bamboo one.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’ve managed to do some other successes in the last month and want to keep going:
1) swapping to eco laundry powder in a cardboard recyclable box and cardboard scoop
2) swapping to eco washing detergent in a recyclable container, but it’s still plastic that I had to recycle, even when I put it in one of my leftover glass jars. So I’m going to have to have a think on a better solution for that, but it was a step in the right direction for me.
3) Collected up and reused all my glass bottles so I can use them for my oil and condiments. Now I’ve just got to figure out where to get them in bulk.Lydia-Pack-Week-one.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lydia Pack - New Zea
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June 10, 2018 - 1:09 am

Lydia Pack – New Zealand – WEEK ONE

Here’s my photo link https://ibb.co/djPS08

Intro: I had a family emergency for the last couple of months, but am now back on track for the challenge. I’m going to try and do it each week until I slowly get my plastic use down.  I also include in the photo food kindly given to me by family and friends due to my low budget, so I can get a real picture of my consumption. It’s going to happen slowly and steadily for me as I find it a bit overwhelming to do everything at once :-)

What plastic items did I REFUSE this week?
1) When my toothbrush was used up I got a totally recyclable one YAY! I researched this online and had been waiting until it was used up to get one – very exciting!!!!!
2) Silk floss – loving this, but to my disappointment, it breaks on two of my teeth that are close together, so I had to get some normal floss for them. Oh well, at least all my other teeth are plastic-free now!!
3) Put two of my medications in glass jars I hope to reuse at the pharmacy.
4) Poured the lovely bulk food I got this week into my recycled glass bottles and jars. So satisfying. I think I’ve saved about 20 plastic bags from doing this!
5) Liquid soap bottle. I ran out of this and instead of getting a new one pulled out a soap bar I had from ages ago in the cupboard.

Of the items I collected, which ones are recyclable where I live?
1) coconut oil, 2) prescription bottle 3) supplement bottle.

Which ones are non-recyclable?
Everything else!

Which am I unsure of?
I think some of the plastic bags can now be recycled at the supermarket, I’m going to check.

Looking at my list, what feelings arise for me?
Still shocked at how much even when I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of effort in. But, some of these changes will show up later in the coming weeks.

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
Going to a bulk bin place, I just have to figure out where in Wellington.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Not sure yet, most seem doable.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
My medication pill packs. Still unsure about this. 

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I slipped this week and got normal washing powder because it was half the price and I couldn’t afford the other, but feel bad about it. Hope to get back on track next time.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
TeaBags – I’m going to get loose Bell Tea when I next need to replace my tea.
Future possible goals – 1) bulk vinegar, 2) take glass jars and ask the pharmacy to replace my scripts in those and not use new plastic ones, 3) shampoo soap, 4) liquid soap from the bulk store.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’ve managed to do some other successes in the last week and want to keep going:
1) Went to the bulk bin store!!! YAY!!! A huge achievement for me with such low energy! I got lentils, split peas and sugar in bulk for hopefully the next 2-3 months!!!  I worked out I will have saved approximately 20 bags !! WOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!
2) To reduce BPA exposure I moved the last of my spices into glass jars – that’s what the plastic bags in the photo are all from. Hoping to buy in bulk in the future.
3) It is worth getting vegies organically with no plastic bags, but just hard to do and requires a concentrated effort and energy on my part to keep on top of.  Will try harder next week.

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