January 23, 2011

Billie Ryder, Week 1


Name: Billie Ryder

Week: 1

Personal Info:

A single gal with 2 cats. I am allergic to dairy and wheat which sometimes means I select food wrapped in plastic.

I thought that working two jobs would mean that I would be too much on the run to worry about the plastic but I think it mostly means I don’t have time for consumer consumption.

Total items: 9

Total weight: 2.5 oz

Items: Recyclable
Absolutely none.

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 take-out Styrofoam containers
carrot bag
Soy milk container and tab
plastic security ring from ice cream
candy wrapper
bulk food baggie
cracker bag

What items can I replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I could easily replace the bag of carrots.

Bulk food baggie could have been easily replaced. I made an impetuous purchase and didn’t bring enough containers with me to deal with said purchase.

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
The soy milk container is new because I used to buy milk in glass jar. Since discovering that dairy is no longer an option, I have added these containers to the outgoing garbage. *sigh*

The candy wrapper is also new because most candy has wheat in it so I can’t just head to the bulk bin for a sugar fix. *sigh* This candy is wheat and dairy free and absolutely yummy. If I can continue to source it, I will continue to buy it.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
The Styrofoam containers are a bit of an anomaly. I normally avoid these containers at all costs but I had someone come over to do some electrical work (for free) and this was my payment. It is one of the few places I can eat that is wheat and dairy free that my friend likes.

I could get rid of the crackers once I research trying to make wheat free bread in my bread maker. It is on my list of things to do.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I will make absolutely sure that no impetuous bulk food purchases will be made. No container – no purchase.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Wow! I really thought that my plastic consumption had gone way up and am rather surprised that only 9 items made it onto the list.

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You could make your own soy or almond milk if you had the time….that would get rid of the plastic from those containers…Try searching the webfor those recipes or is it techniques…I am still struggling to get my family on board…Just tonight for us 3 styrofoam meat plates for the steaks my family wanted…It is truly hard…tomorrow I start my week 1…I am scared…

Hi. Welcome back to the challenge. It looks like you’ve actually cut your plastic waste way down, and you know what areas to focus on.

Have you thought about seeing if the restaurant will let you bring your own take-out containers? If it’s a place you frequent regularly, they might be open to the idea.