February 1, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 43

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 43

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!)
-chose toblerone (cardboard/foil) instead of other chocolate
-bought lentils & spices in bulk with cloth bags
-bought chicken “in bulk” from work instead of in a package from anywhere else. Twice.
-asked for no straw when out for dinner on Tuesday & took our leftovers home in non-plastic container
-decided to go home after yoga on Thursday instead of grabbing lunch while I was out
-didn’t buy the vitamin D bottle on sale day and instead will spend more time trying to find a glass bottle

Total items collected: 13

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Sadly plastic recycling isn’t available where we live.

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Packaging from a bottle of scotch
2. Lululemon Fedex bag
3. Lululemon product bag
4. Tag from new Lululemon item
5. Chocolate wrapper
6. Seal to bottle of vitamins
7. Bandaid wrappers
8. Mayo jar lid
9. 2 Booze (glass) bottle lids
10. Salad tub
11. Wrapping around 4 pack of pasta sauce
12. 2 Toothbrushes
13. Protein powder jug

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Packaging from a bottle of scotch: some companies don’t package in plastic, but apparently this one did
-Chocolate wrapper: I suppose this is what you get when you buy something new- ugh.
-Mayo jar lid: aside from making our own, I’m not sure there’s anything on the market here that fits our requirements… I’ll be looking into it.
-2 Booze (glass) bottle lids: we can buy booze in glass with metal lids!
-Salad tub: I could be buying heads of lettuce
-Wrapping around 4 pack of pasta sauce: We don’t normally buy pasta sauce in packages like this… damn you costco
-2 Toothbrushes: We gave these up a few months ago, and have now switched over to the “Environmental Toothbrush”. These are the last of the plastic ones.

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?
-Seal to bottle of vitamins
-Bandaid wrappers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I kinda dropped the ball this week & didn’t take a picture OR confirm the items on my list with the pile before I tossed them. It’s the first week I’ve done this in 40some weeks, so I guess I’m doing pretty good so far, but need to pay more attention to what I’m doing!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Jars wrapped in plastic- it’s redundant & uselessly wasteful.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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