July 12, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 19


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 19

Personal Info:

Just me this week plus bunny.

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

Total items: 18

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Broken Magic Bullet mug :(
2. Bag of GF Patisserie flour
3. Stickers on fruit
4. Bag for weeks worth of trash (not shown)
5. Bread bag & tag
6. 2 Salad tubs
7. Cheese wrapper
8. OLD bulk bin bag with bread tag
9. 7 bread bag tags (I found a stash!)
10. Bacon packaging
11. Almond milk seal
12. Toothpaste tube
13. Baking powder bag
14. Oat bag
15. Container of dates from Christmas baking
16. Parchment paper box cutter bar
17. 2 Strawberry clamshells
18. Broken pen

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Bag for weeks worth of trash: I am limiting the garbage that goes out dramatically. I don’t think I’m even generating enough to take the trash out weekly anymore:)
-Bread bag & tag: I’m baking bread as often as I can now!
-2 Salad tubs: by the time I get back from my trip (the 15th) I should have salad to harvest from the greenhouse!
-OLD bulk bin bag with bread tag: I own cloth bulk bin bags that are fantastic. This is from before their time.
-Bacon packaging: I can get it sliced to order at Rogers Custom Meats & bring my own container
-Baking powder bag: going to be making my own instead of buying
-Container of dates from Christmas baking: dates are available in bulk bins. This was actually my first time EVER buying dates!
-Parchment paper box cutter bar: I’m hoping to find one with a metal bar
-Broken pen: I could switch to refillable pens, but for my purposes it’s not cost effective (as people always steal nice pens if you leave them to sign their credit card unattended). I wont however be buying these particular pens again as I’ve had two break in the last few weeks.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Bag of GF Patisserie flour
OLD bulk bin bag with bread tag
Baking powder bag

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Stickers on fruit
Bag for weeks worth of trash
Toothpaste tube
Broken pen

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Making time to bake bread rather than buying it for sure. I made muffins & granola bars in no time the day before yesterday. It always seems like baking will take more time than it actually does.

Keeping up on succession planting for my salad supply. I haven’t done any yet, but will be ready to harvest for the first time next week-ish.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Baking powder is something that I can actually make rather than buy. It’s not something that anyone uses a mass amount of, so I’m eager to be able to whip up what I need when I need it from items already in my kitchen rather than having one more container sitting in the fridge.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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