January 16, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 41


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 41

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!)
Brought our own containers to the deli/butchers & the seafood place
Bought face cream in a reusable container
Bought soap packaged in paper
No bag at the store buying new jeans
Used cloth bulk bin bags
Stayed in & ate pho instead of getting something to go
No produce bags- ever!

Total items collected: 20

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Protein container
2. Stickers on fruit
3. 2 Mysterious unknown bags
4. Green bean bag
5. Pump bottle of bunny water additive
6. Chocolate wrappers
7. Salt shaker
8. Styrofoam from ice cream maker (Christmas gift)
9. Bison stew meat package
10. Kale chip bag
11. 2 Daiya bags
12. Bread bag
13. Tea canister lid
14. Bandaids & wrappers
15. Fedex bag
16. 2 Lululemon garment bags
17. Chopstick wrapper (is this really necessary?!?)
18. Goat yogurt container
19. Emergen-C packet
20. 2 Clothing tags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Chocolate wrappers: we normally buy plastic free chocolate, these were leftover from Christmas
-Salt shaker: This was the last of it- I’ll be buying bulk/in cardboard from now on
-Bison stew meat package: I should investigate as to whether I can get unpackaged cuts (bring my own container) from the butcher rather than buying from these guys at the farmers market
-Kale chip bag: these are easy to make I’ve heard, but this was the first time I’ve tried them! Purchased over Christmas out of town, not available where we live.
-Bread bag: easy peazy to make our own
-Tea canister lid: lots of plastic free tea options out there
-Chopstick wrapper (is this really necessary?!?): I can bring my own next time
-Goat yogurt container: it’s possible to make yogurt at home, but I’m not sure we could from the limited goat product accessibility

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Chocolate wrappers
-Salt shaker: this falls under the “spices” clause of many weeks gone by. I wont be purchasing salt in plastic again anyways :)
-Kale chip bag
-Tea canister lid
-Chopstick wrapper (is this really necessary?!?)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Pump bottle of bunny water additive: so that our house doesn’t smell like a barn
-Bandaids & wrappers: for my job

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We’re continually cleaning more & more (plastic) out of our homes (wait til’ you see next week…) the less there is “built up” the better. Always focusing on a healthier, whole foods diet helps too! Oh, and I just finished making a batch of veggie stock!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Kale chip bag: these are easy enough to make (from what I understand) if we really want them. To be honest, these weren’t that good :(

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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