January 9, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 40


eye drops/contact solution- sometimes ya need it! Laser eye surgery IS in my future, but that’s a big price to pay to avoid buying contact solution bottles.

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 40

Personal Info:

University & working couple plus bunny doing the best we can!

Kristin Overton’s personal blog: http://slightlyirritatingandinconvenient.blogspot.com/

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
hmm… not sure how to go about answering this question yet. Didn’t approach sample guy at grocery store (2) Didn’t use small cup in takeout (compostable) & just dumped sauce in instead (1), Used giant bunny food bag (paper) as garbage bag until it started to smell & had to be taken out (1), Bought new (glass) water bottle- yay!

Total items collected: 37

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Sadly plastic recycling is not available in our area :(

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Real Fruit Gummies bag
2. Chocolate covered cherries tray & wrapping
3. Chocolate Hedgehog trays
4. 3 Caramilk singles wrappers
5. 3 Reeses singles wrappers
6. Bread bag & tag
7. Stickers on fruit
8. Packaging from pair of nylons
9. Salad tub
10. Toothpaste tube
11. Udi’s cookies container
12. 3 Bandaids & wrappers
13. 2 Emergen-C packages
14. Seal from bottle of hair product
15. Lid to metal tube of homeopathic creme
16. Seal from carton of almond milk
17. Styrofoam packaging & plastic bag from pizza stone (Christmas gift)
18. 4 Packages from cables required for “new” T.V.
19. Seal from glass jar of peanut butter
20. Seal from glass jar of vanilla sugar
21. Cepacol throat lozenge blister package
22. Tape holding paper label to stainless steel cookie sheet
23. Tag from silicone slotted turner
24. Package of shower suction cup hooks
25. iphone car charger package
26. Pasta bag
27. Kelp noodle bag
28. Windshield washer fluid container
29. Cheese sauce packet
30. Tray from box of chocolates
31. Swedish berries bag
32. Yogurt container
33. Biscotti bag
34. Saran wrap from gifted Christmas baking
35. Licorice bag
36. 3 bags of chocolates from Christmas
37. Expired eye drops

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Chocolate covered cherries tray & wrapping: it’s possible to make these myself; they were a gift.
-Chocolate Hedgehog trays: I can make chocolates at home; these were a gift.
-3 Caramilk singles wrappers: leftover Christmas chocolate
-3 Reeses singles wrappers: leftover Christmas chocolate
-Bread bag & tag: we can bake bread, and WILL this month.
-Packaging from pair of nylons: I don’t often wear them…
-Salad tub: we could buy heads of lettuce
-Toothpaste tube: none of the toothpaste alternatives seem to work for us.
-Udi’s cookies container: I am capable of baking cookies; they were on sale #fail
-2 Emergen-C packages: lots of kiwi would do the trick too, but the eco-footprint on the shipping is huuuuuge
-Seal from bottle of hair product: was a gift
-Seal from carton of almond milk: although I’ve never made almond milk, it can be done.
-Styrofoam packaging & plastic bag from pizza stone: Christmas gift
-Seal from glass jar of peanut butter: it’s possible to make oneself, but not a lot of nuts grow in this climate
-Seal from glass jar of vanilla sugar: confession, I bought this for the jar.
-Cheese sauce packet: real cheese?
-Tray from box of chocolates: a gift
-Swedish berries bag: a gift
-Yogurt container: it’s possible to make at home, but I don’t eat a lot of it.
-Biscotti bag: confession, these were on sale too!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-3 Caramilk singles wrappers & 3 Reeses singles wrappers: we’ve given these up already, they made their way home with us from my mothers house
-Udi’s cookies container
-Seal from carton of almond milk: we’ve given up beverages with any sort of plastic packaging as well, but have several boxes of this left
-Biscotti bag

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Stickers on fruit
-Windshield washer fluid container: not in this climate..
-Expired eye drops

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m not going to lie, a LOT of this is Christmas related. This is the first week back from our holidays a province over visiting with family, so a lot of unpacking of gifts etc happened. I feel like it’s impossible for us to “impose” on family to ask them not to buy us certain things. They’re not willing to do this challenge, it’s us doing it. Next week will look better, I promise.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Packaged cookies. Not something we normally buy anyways, but dammit I can’t refuse a good sale. Guess I’ll have to now! My waistline will thank me for procrastinating on baking said cookies. I’ll probably get around to baking a loaf of bread before the cookies make an appearance in my kitchen anyways. Problem solved.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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