May 29, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 15


week 15

What are the best options for baking supplies, like canola oil and powdered sugar?

Location:Berkeley, California, United States

Name: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett

Week: 15

Personal Info:

Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett’s personal blog:

Total items: 10

Total weight: 1.23 ounces

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
tape from gift
wrap from bunch of organic bananas

4 tea pouches
bag of powdered sugar
two bags reused several times for bulk items
grocery bag scavenged from litter blowing down the sidewalk, used for cat litter

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
plastic bags for bulk items – I now have several great cloth bags, bought from a seller on Etsy. These are two old bags which we have used probably a dozen times each, but they now have small holes all over. Before we send them to the trash, we will use them once more for cat litter. Thought I’d take a picture before that happens.

individual tea packets – bulk teas are easy to get.

tape – used for a baby shower gift. We bought it last minute, and had it gift wrapped at the store.

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?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning ahead!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
bags of powdered sugar

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I am a bit behind on uploading my information. Weeks 16 and 17 will be posted very soon!

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3 Comments on "Plastic Challenge: Becca Ryals and Gordon Bennett, Week 15"

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I’ve had trouble finding canola oil without a plastic cap or in bulk, but I haven’t scouted out Rainbow yet. Good suggestion!

Coconut oil is a good substitute in most recipes. The kind I usually buy comes in a glass jar with metal lid also. I use is sparingly, mostly because it is expensive and I bake a lot… too much…?

I have a follow up question. Earth Balance (a vegan margarine) can be purchased as sticks, and they are wrapped in a papery-foil wrapper. Do you happen to know if those kind of butter wrappers contain plastic?

Maybe you can switch to coconut oil, it is abit more pricey (at least it is here in Norway) but it always comes in glass and a metal lid. Ours does not even have the outer plastic seal.

Becca, Berkeley Bowl and Whole Foods have baking supplies, but what you can’t find there you can definitely find at Rainbow Grocery. They have all kinds of cooking oils in bulk. Bring your containers.