May 2, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Jaimee Law, Week 1


Does anybody know how can I make my own Greek style yogurt?
Any amazing gluten-free pizza crust recipes out there?

Location:, California, United States

Name: Jaimee Law

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Jaimee Law’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Straws, disposable utensils, plastic produce bags, disposable meal containers, plastic baggies for bulk items, plastic blueberry containers from the farmer’s market

Total items collected: 19

Total weight: 1.5 lb

Items: Recyclable
yogurt container, shampoo bottle, hand soap dispenser, blueberry container

Items: Nonrecyclable
plastic wrappers, shrink wrap, shredded cheese bag, chia seeds bag, spaghetti wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Greek style yogurt with the French kind in a Mason jar… but it is not the same texture! And it doesn’t taste as good. So… I want to make my own, because I really like Greek yogurt.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Gluten free pizza crusts, imitation cheese, shampoo and conditioner, wine that comes with a plastic cork

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Learn to make Perfect Foods Bars, learn to make Greek style yogurt, research wines that have plastic corks, be a better homemaker;)

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Pizza crusts with cling wrap. Perhaps I could purchase the dough from Whole Foods before the crusts are baked and frozen… I could bring my own container for the dough and make it at home!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
There are definitely alternatives. I was running low on deodorant and instead of purchasing a new crystal (which never worked that well after a few hours, anyway!) I made my own! The recipe was extremely inexpensive and easy to make.

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