June 12, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Fonda LaShay, Week 6


I am needing suggestions for a homemade liquid deodorant. I use baking soda myself, but the baking soda + witch hazel I made for the man is not working for him.

Location:Stavanger, Norway

Name: Fonda LaShay

Week: 6

Personal Info:

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

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

Total items: 12

Total weight: 180 grams / 6.34 ounces

Items: Recyclable
1 Ice Cream Container
1 Ice Cream Container Lid
1 Cheese Wrapper
1 Pretzel Sticks Container
1 Candy Bar Wrapper
1 Bag Green Lentils
2 bags for fresh coconut
1 Bag Cumin Seeds
1 Container for pepperoni
1 tooth paste tube
1 body wash tube

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?
Pepperoni. We bought it last minute and should have planned better to buy it in the amount we needed from the butchers.

Tooth Paste Tube. This was Ole’s last tube of tooth paste! He is now using soap http://www.mintandchili.com/why-i-dont-use-toothpaste)!

Body Wash Tube. I have had this bottle since 2007… It was a gift, and I loved the smell and never wanted to run out of it once I moved to Norway knowing I could not get it here. BUT now i know the dangers of commercial soap, so I have now decided to get rid of it.

Coconut. I could have easily gotten coconut fresh, though it would still come in cling wrap. But I needed it to be pre cut this week, as Ole is injured and unable to chop it up for dinner.

Pretzels. Should not have bought them. I was looking for snacks for Ole while he is home injured – turns out he really dislikes pretzels. ops. Next time I will make my own snacks and not be so lazy.

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?
Candy Bar, Ice Cream and Cheese will be staying for now.

We dont have bulk bins, so the beans will have to come in bags.

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?
Toothpaste, body wash, pepperoni, and pre- made coconut milk.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We have had a rather busy and difficult (for me at least) week, with Ole sick and me working full time and in school too it was rather hard to make things from scratch as I normally would. I still rely too much on the pre made convince foods as homemade is still not second nature to me. Though for the crazy week it has been, I am shocked that we did not have so much more.

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