April 13, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin in BC, Week 9

Kristin's plastic waste

Name: Kristin

Week: 9

Personal Info:
Couple in Prince George, BC working & attending university plus bunny.

Blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com

Total items: 24

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Plastic recycling is not available in our area, it sadly all goes in the trash.

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Real Fruit gummies
2. 7 pieces dental floss
3. Garbage bag for the weeks trash
4. Seal from carton of almond milk
5. Various stickers on fruit
6. Allergen free “chocolate chip” bag
7. Giant “Craisins” bag
8. Cane sugar bag
9. Herb container
10. Probiotics jar
11. 2 Instant noodles packages
12. Caramel wrappers
13. Bacon packaging
14. Bulk bin bag
15. 3 bread bags & 2 tags
16. Seal from bucket of coconut oil
17. Daiya cheese bag
18. Goats milk yogurt container
19. Carton from shaving brush
20. Hazelnut bag
21. Razor cartridge
22. 3 Sample packs of “scar gel”
23. Expired granola bar wrapper
24. Salad bin & seal

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
-7 pieces dental floss
-Giant “Craisins” bag
-Cane sugar bag
-Herb container
-Probiotics jar
-Bulk bin bag
-3 bread bags & 2 tags
-Hazelnut bag
-Razor cartridge
-Salad bin & seal

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-2 Instant noodles packages
-Caramel wrappers
-Goats milk yogurt container
-3 Sample packs of “scar gel”
-Expired granola bar wrapper

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-7 pieces dental floss
-Garbage bag for the weeks trash
-Various stickers on fruit
-Seal from bucket of coconut oil
-Carton from shaving brush (a step towards plastic free shaving)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This is (for the second consecutive week) my lowest count! We are still getting through the mass of instant noodles and caramels left over from Halloween (and the random granola bar found in my car!) but we’re gettin’ there! To further reduce, we’ll be using the bulk bin bags (I think we’ve gotten rid of all the plastic bulk bin bags from past purchases) It’s just a matter of bringing the grocery bag that has be bulk bin bags in it into the store! Mindfulness is key!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Pre-packaged granola bars. I made granola bars myself just yesterday actually! (and they’re of course much better than stale, expired ones found in my glove box!)

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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