June 26, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1


plasticLocation:, Belgium

Name: Ellen and Pedro

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Two vegetarian people and two non-vegetarian (;-)) cats, trying already to contain our waste. We shop once every two weeks so we take the challenge two weeks at the time.

Ellen and Pedro’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
So far none, we take this as our ‘baseline’ fortnight.

Total items collected: 23

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 cola bottles, 3 milk bottles

Items: Nonrecyclable
6 trays of veggie burger
2 packages from veggie sausage
4 trays that contained fruit or vegetables
1 chips container (gift)
2 cookie packages
1 package of cheese cubes
1 butter container
230g plastic wrappers, lids, misc

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
milk bottles – although the organic milk comes in plastic and not in glass, we prefer animal well fare over the glass…tough choice.
cola – there may be cans
pay more attention to misc plastic wrappers of general items
no more fruit in trays

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

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
we’ll discover along the way

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Veggie burgers seem to come in plastic containers only, maybe we can buy them separately at the health store.

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

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Disheartening how much misc plastic we use. Next shopping hopefully we can reduce this waste.

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Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

Great job Ellen and Pedro! I enjoy veggie burgers but the store bought ones always come in plastic so I started making my own. http://cookieandkate.com/2013/sweet-potato-black-bean-veggie-burgers/

Thanks for the receipe! We also make our own ranging from ‘meaty’ ones with chickpeas to ‘fishy’ ones with seaweed. But we sometimes also eat veggie sausage and that is more challenging to make at home.

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

@Ellen and Pedro Whoa, I’ve never tried or even heard of a ‘fishy’ veggie burger. That sounds delicious! I have a decent supply of seaweed currently at home that I can use to try these burgers out. What else goes in them?

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

@Ellen and Pedro Thanks again for your recipe. I’ll be sure to take a picture of how mine turn out Really looking forward to new a type of veggie burger.

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

@Ellen and Pedro Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Lol, no worries. I knew what you meant :)

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator maybe it will be good with flowers as well, but we cook it with flour, sorry for the typo ;-)

I bake them in a pan with soja butter. If you pre-heat the butter until it is nice and warm it will seal the burger instantly. I hope you like them!

Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator

@Ellen and Pedro I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing. Do you then bake them or fry them?

220gr dried seaweed (I used Kombu)- soaked in water until soft (the more seaweed the ‘fishier the water gets’–> use this ‘fishy’ water to boil 2 large potatoes (I used 4 medium ones) until ‘al dente’. Mix 100gr dried breadcrumbs, salt, 1 spoon flower/arrowroot, half a spoon natural yeast (i used vegmite instead). Puree the potatoes and add the seaweed (i cut the kombu with a very sharp knife), 250g shredded tofu (not the silky kind), half a red onion, a bit of olive oil, 100gr pureed chickpeas and 2 pickles (i left these out, i prefer them in a… Read more »