May 23, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Fonda LaShay, Week 3

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Still curious if anyone has non machine ice cream tips… I am getting a bigger frezzer soon(ish) so that will not be the issue anymore.

Location:Stavanger, Norway

Name: Fonda LaShay

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I am an American living in Stavanger Norway with my Norwegian boyfriend. We are trying to live plastic free.

Fonda LaShay’s personal blog: http://www.mintandchili.com

Total items: 11

Total weight: 109 grams / 3.8 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Knife packaging
Ice Cream Lid
4 paprika/bell pepper shrink wraps
Packaging from new handmixer

cooking syrup container
prescription for thyroid
cheese wrapper
spaghetti wrapper

Items: Nonrecyclable
[We have a plastic recycling station in our area, they say they take all plastics. I have not been able to find out what they do with the plastics that are not numbered.]

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Spaghetti – but I have trouble rolling it thin enough, so I have promised the man no more homemade spaghetti till i buy the proper machine. Saving time!

Ice Cream – Need to save for this machine too. I would love to make my own ice cream and know what is in it!!

Cheese – we have a dorm sized fridge, but are getting a bigger one soon(ish) so then I can buy a whole wheel of cheese! Plus I am learning to make my own!

Cooking Syrup – this is from a stash I have from making marshmallows over Christmas. I have since though learned to make my own, which is very easy!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
this week we are somewhat down to the line, I guess I could have bought my new mixer used.. but i wanted a warranty with it.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Thyroid medication – over the last few years my thyroid has went kapoot! So now I have to take meds :( I am trying to / hoping to fix the problem with better foods though.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week I did make it to the farmers market, that helps alot. I just need to be more disciplined to get up on saturday to make it before they close.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
cooking syrup – especially since i know how to make it now

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
After watching what we were taking into our house for so long before joining the challenge, I am still shocked at how much we have every week. I really had thought we were doing so much better, glad for the challenge since it has opened my eyes to the reality.

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