July 12, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 30


Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 30

Personal Info:

See my week 1 post :)

Danielle’s personal blog: http://itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com

Total items: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
3 berry containers (#1)
1 ketchup bottle (#1)

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 soy milk container
2 cream cheese wrappers
1 powdered sugar bag
2 caps (soy milk and ketchup)
1 pull from cap
2 inner seals
2 outer seals (from glass bottles of spirulina and tabasco)
1 smart dog package
1 organic cornstarch bag
4 produce tags/ties

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Powdered sugar: I had the one bag for well over a year (and a half). When I went to use it, the bag only had about a 1/2 cup when I needed a lot more to make (cream cheese) frosting for my son’s cake. SO… I improvised by figuring out how to make homemade powdered sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar and a teaspoon of cornstarch in a blender!!! (Granted the cornstarch that I bought comes in a plastic bag… it’s a lot less plastic than buying powdered sugar!)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
For the most part, I don’t buy berries that come in plastic. However, every year my son asks for the same cake for his birthday which requires berries.

Same for cream cheese, it’s a special occasion purchase.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Cornstarch: I can buy non-organic in a paper box lined with a paper bag. But organic cornstarch (that I found anyway) comes sealed in a plastic bag. :( Did I just say that cornstarch is essential?!? hmm… not so sure it’s essential… but I use it.

Tags/ties for produce. It’s easy to get the majority of our produce at the farmers market, but when my kids ask for something we can’t get at the farmers market… I buy it.

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?
Not buying (plastic packaged) berries, cream cheese, or soy milk.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I’m continually perturbed by the fact that organic products come with/packed in plastic. I find it highly oxymoronic and can’t figure out why organic food makers/growers don’t find it strange that they’re taking the time to make/grow a food without chemicals and packaging their organic goodness directly IN a product comprised of chemicals. Messed up…. but yet, just look at my photo… here I am… still buying plastic packaged organic food. *sigh* what to do, what to do??

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