July 24, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Danielle, Week 31


I feel like I need/want to commit to doing a plastic-free food week once a month. Does anyone want to join me??

Location:, North Carolina, United States

Name: Danielle

Week: 31

Personal Info:

See my Week 1 post :)

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

Total items: 22

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

Items: Nonrecyclable
2 chip bags
2 gardein packages
1 condiment cup with 1 lid (#6) from salad dressing
3 produce tags/ties
1 milk container with lid and pull
1 lid with ring (from milk in glass bottle)
1 safety seal wrap (from Spirulina)

Weekend trip to Ocracoke:

From Sno-cones…
4 plastic spoons
4 styrofoam cups

There is other unaccounted for plastics… I tried to think of everything, but decided to only share what I personally bought and not include my husband’s purchases.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
I’m not sure it’s easy (??)… but I keep talking about making chips. *sigh* We normally don’t buy them, but there must be something about summer???

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Salad dressing condiment cup: Normally when we go out to eat, I get (for the most part) the same thing. At my favorite place in town– Flaming Amy’s– they’re really great about catering to our plastic-free requests. This one instance, I decided to order a salad instead of my usual…. I asked them to put the dressing on the salad… BUT… what I didn’t know is that they already have the salad dressing pre-portioned in individual cups. I could have given it back, but I know that it would have gotten thrown away. So, I used a bit… then brought the rest home so that it wasn’t wasted. NEXT time, I will tell them I don’t need the dressing. (because really I didn’t).

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Ok… so my co-op got glass bottles of milk back. *sigh* it’s not local like it was before… and my kids don’t like the way it tastes. I don’t like to drink milk, so I don’t know what it is.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Sno-cones are such a difficult thing. We don’t have them in Wilmington (at least to my knowledge)… so they were a definite treat. The decision to get them is a struggle… I just wish businesses would “do the right thing.” …. The lack of heat from a sno-cone makes them a perfect “treat” to be served in biodegradable type cups.

Sometimes I feel like I need to be a walking storage closet/drawer to have everything I need to always avoid plastic…

*sigh*…. I just don’t have an answer…

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
What I’m realizing is that there are so many things that I just can’t change… and through those realizations I have come to change the way that I do things. Changing the way I do things (mostly related to food) has been so absolutely rewarding. Things I don’t share here are my moments of jumping around my kitchen because I’ve had major successes avoiding plastics… somehow the food tastes better. Victory (over plastic) does indeed have a pretty amazing flavor ;)

Thinking this quote relates to how I’m feeling and what this challenge is about:

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Victor Frankl

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