June 5, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 14



I have yet to remember (in 14+ weeks) to ask for no straw when dining out. I have no idea why…. any tips?

Annoying amazon.ca packing pillows: I had full intentions of commenting on my order for no plastic packaging to be included, but totally forgot at the last minute. Does anyone know if they can substitute a paper product?

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 14

Personal Info:

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

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

Total items: 25

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. 2 Garbage bags for weekly trash (not shown)
2. 7 pieces dental floss (not shown)
3. Stickers from fruit & veggies
4. 2 Strawberry clamshells
5. Label off of glass jar of salad dressing
6. Grass seed bag
7. 2 Frozen fruit bags
8. Spaghetti bag
9. Bag from mussels
10. 2 restaurant straws
11. 3 bubble mailer envelopes
12. Goat cheese wrapping
13. Almond milk pull tab
14. Restaurant dip cup
15. Price tag attachment “staples”
16. Smoked salmon package
17. Ring from glass bottle of goat’s milk
18. Pizza mix baggie
19. Reused lid from container
20. Cooking spray canister
21. Daiya bag
22. Annoying amazon.ca packing pillows
23. Tube of basil paste
24. 2 band-aid wrappers
25. Packing tape from old-school ice cube tray picked up at a second hand store

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-2 Garbage bags for weekly trash: these are a reduction in plastic from previous bags, we’re constantly reducing & composting though. The bunny litter smell causes us to need to take the garbage out more frequently.
-7 pieces dental floss: will switch to silk when I’m out
-Stickers from fruit & veggies: when available I will!
-Label off of glass jar of salad dressing: we’re finally going to start making our own!
-2 Frozen fruit bags: when in season I’ll be hoarding peaches & cherries in my freezer!
-2 restaurant straws: gah I wish I could remember to ask for no straw!
-Smoked salmon package: not sure if they have this available outside of the prepackaged frozen stuff at our fish place. Will look next time.
-Pizza mix baggie: we usually make our own, but I’m working on a pizza blog post
-Cooking spray canister: Misto!
-Annoying amazon.ca packing pillows: I had full intentions of commenting on my order for no plastic packaging to be included, but totally forgot at the last minute. Does anyone know if they can substitute a paper product?
-Tube of basil paste: will not be purchasing again as per last week’s giving up spices/herbs in plastic. I also bought a basil plant. Hopefully this one will live.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-2 Strawberry clamshells
-Label off of glass jar of salad dressing
-2 Frozen fruit bags
-Goat cheese wrapping
-Restaurant dip cup
-Pizza mix baggie
-Cooking spray canister
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Grass seed bag: ALL the grass seed in the stores was in plastic. It’s not our lawn to xeriscape, we have to abide by the home owners landscaping choices.
-2 band-aid wrappers: STILL breaking in new shoes… ugh!
-Packing tape from old-school ice cube tray picked up at a second hand store: Irony is a plastic-free ice cube tray with plastic packing tape smothered all over it.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
There are a lot of items on my list that I would love to be able to purchase in bulk here in PG. Sadly, with a gluten allergy as sensitive as mine, I cannot take the chance with a lot of things that they may not be contaminated. We’re headed back to the “big city” in August for a wedding & will be stocking up on lots of gluten free items (in bulk & otherwise). Buying hay & bunny food in 60lb bags rather than the piddly little ones from the pet store here helps with costs & packaging.

I also had four online purchases arrive this week (I don’t shop much online at ALL) adding to the heap. 3/4 were items that I cannot get here, but the amazon.ca book order could have likely been sourced here through our local book store, however likely at a greater cost.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Cooking spray. I’ve been waiting & waiting for this spray can to finally be empty! We purchased a “Misto” awhile back that has a pump to pressurize the oil to spray it out. And can be refilled a bajillion times.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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Thanks Danielle! I do work in a restaurant, so you would think that I would be able to get a handle on this! I ate out yesterday plastic free I’m happy to report, however I skipped a drink lol

Well… here’s some inspiration: I don’t carry anything with me except my phone! No purse or keys! haha! …well, I do have 3 kids ;) We’ve gotten very accustomed to not taking straws… it’s so second nature to us that I often forget to take our glass straws when we go out. The other night, I decided to put them in a little canvas bag… I put my phone in the bag and VOILA! I remembered to take them in the restaurant! You CAN do this… I know you can!!!

Thanks Danielle! I think I find it easy at the grocery store when I actually see the bags (plus I have my own in my hand usually). Maybe if I buy one of the glass or stainless steel straws that are on the market I’ll remember to bring it out. However, I usually just bring my keys, phone & wallet with me rather than a purse or bag…. sigh! I’ll get there…

Kristin… requesting no straws is like requesting no plastic bags at the grocery store. It’s simply a habit that you have to make happen. ;) To be honest, it’s going to take you reminding yourself over and over again. It takes practice… but once you start doing it… I guarantee that it will become second nature. :) Hmmm… you could set a reminder on your phone or ask the people you’re dining with to remind you to request no straw. Also, another thing that could help you is having your own straw. The ability to say “no thanks, I have… Read more »