July 27, 2009

BillieRyder – Plastic Trash Eating Challenge – Week #7

I have lost another lb this week! 4 lbs in 7 weeks. Obviously not falling off of me but I wasn’t convinced that I would loose any weight so this is an accomplishment. I have also been going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. This is likely helping – perhaps more than my change in eating habits? I did notice that I got away with no wandering around the house looking for junk food for a couple of days. I think I am finally weaning myself from old eating habits. I feel like I am giving up smoking or something the way I am talking!

On to my plastic count:
Weight: 1oz Items: 14

cracker bag
deli salami bag – will reuse
plastic sheet from deli
plastic wrap from a box of chamomile tea
seal from new shortening container
blue cheese wrapper
candy wrapper
milk cap + zipper
2 x Kreurig coffee pot
3 x Kreurig hot chocolate

What could I easily replace?
Nothing on this list is easily replaceable. I have hit all the low hanging fruit. I was actually pondering buying a wheel of cheese like Beth did so there would be no wrapping. I might even consider that if I think that I can’t eat it like a reasonable human being and not binge. Maybe in a couple of weeks.

What would I give up if no plastic alternative was found?
I look at this list and I know I am not going to give up milk, cheese or crackers. No how, no way.
Pepperoni? That was probably the first time I ate it this year. Not much to give up.

I am feeling very conflicted about the plastic pots for hot drinks from work. I get two drinks out of each hot chocolate pot so I feel like I am using it efficiently. I don’t think I am going to give this up totally at this point. I just let go of my General Foods Coffee (at least temporarily) so I think I have given up enough of my luxuries at the moment.

Other conclusions?

With some effort, I have limited myself to about 15 pieces of plastic a week – on average. I can’t even imagine how many pieces of plastic I would have consumed without my effort. So with a fair bit of effort on my part – ok… it FEELS like effort, I still consume about 60 pieces of plastic in a month. That is 780 pieces of plastic in a year JUST related to food. It is mind boggling and a little depressing. It makes me wonder how many pieces of plastic one would consume if one wasn’t paying attention.

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