March 5, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin Overton, Week 48


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin Overton

Week: 48

Personal Info:

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

Kristin Overton’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Nothing out of the usual I don’t think… produce bags, milk cartons, grocery bags, bulk bin bags, we made ricotta instead of buying it, with cheesecloth from the fabric store instead of in a package. I’m interested in learning more about making our own cheese, so maybe the feta container that’s in this weeks plastic collection wont be there again? I made beef stock from scratch this weekend, didn’t buy anything online, didn’t use a straw for the “iced cappuccino” I made at work the other day (people looked at me using a spoon strangely though)… It was a hectic, busy week (you too?) but next week will always be better :)

Total items collected: 19

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Garbage bag from the weeks trash (now biodegradable!)
2. 3 Pasta packages
3. Stickers from fruit & veggies
4. Large spice bottle
5. Salad tub
6. Cap & seal from glass bottle of maple syrup
7. 7 bags (plastic or with plastic on them) from flours & grains
8. EnjoyLife chocolate chip bag
9. Realfruit gummies bag
10. Bandaids & related blood donating plastic
11. Ravioli bag
12. Toothpaste tube
13. Bronzer compact
14. Bread bag
15. Mini booze bottle
16. Coconut sugar bag
17. Packaging from glass food storage containers
18. Price tag ring from metal basket
19. Deli container from goat’s feta

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Large spice bottle: I will be growing & drying my parsley from now on.
-Salad tub: we could be buying heads of lettuce
-Toothpaste tube: I bought Tom’s to replace this toothpaste, only to find that their tubes are now plastic, wtf!
-Bread bag: I plan to do some baking today!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Large spice bottle: we gave up spices in plastic “awhile ago”- this bottle was purchased about 8 years ago however…
-EnjoyLife chocolate chip bag: we could give these up and cut up our own chocolate chips from dark chocolate for ourselves, but if we were baking for the neice & nephew we wouldn’t be able to do that… maybe.
-Realfruit gummies bag: not a necessity by any stretch of the imagination… I don’t want to have to do this though! I’m not ready :(
-Ravioli bag: this is another of the prepared items I accidentally purchased over Christmas, and we gave these up prior to that.
-Toothpaste tube: there are plastic free alternatives to this, and we switch back & forth between them… we could do this…
-Mini booze bottle: we gave up beverages in plastic awhile ago, I suppose that counts in that category, no?
-Packaging from glass food storage containers: Even the 100% plasticless food storage containers come in some sort of packaging, no? Or would that be far too ironic?
-Deli container from goat’s feta: I’m sure it comes in a big bucket and if we brought our own container, we could get some… I’ll give it a try next time.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Stickers from fruit & veggies
-Bandaids & related blood donating plastic: that blood I gave is essential to someone out there…

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
actually baking bread instead of just saying I’m going to do it all the time, sigh.
but “we” did make perogies this weekend!
being prepared at all times when it comes to bringing containers with me to the grocery store
less pasta
less sugar
changing my grocery shopping habits. we eat pasta to use it up, empty the shelves in the pantry from things that have been there for too long. But then I buy replacements at the grocery store because we don’t have any in the house. It’s a habit, but I am the only one that can be in control of it…

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Deli container from goat’s feta: I’m sure it comes in a big bucket and if we brought our own container, we could get some… I’ll give it a try next time!

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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