September 5, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 24


Facewash/Lotion: I’ve discovered that Lush carries facial products that I think I’ll try out once I use up what I have in the house, but do you have any other suggestions?

Also, vegetarian lunch ideas? Egg salad sandwiches are getting old already…

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 24

Personal Info:

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

Kristin’s personal blog:

Total items: 32

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Bacon packaging
2. Face lotion tube
3. Face cleanser tube
4. Twizzlers package
5. 3 Dead/broken pens
6. Goat cheese package
7. 2 Rings from glass milk jugs
8. Deli meat bag
9. Chip bag
10. Wrapping from set of mixing bowls
11. Restaurant straws & skewer from caesar
12. Leaky Ziploc bag
13. Mixed seafood bag
14. Coocnut ice cream tub
15. Label off of old facewash bottle
16. Battery package
17. Several containers from various screws/nails (cleaned out the toolboxes)
18. Cookie package
19. Lid to container of peanuts
20. Packaging from new timer (old one doesn’t ring)
21. Packaging from oven thermometer
22. Pull tab & lid from carton of coconut milk
23. Seal from bottle of local blueberry liqueur
24. Packaging from combination lock (old)
25. Daiya bag
26. 2 Lids from glass bottles of vitamins + seal & silica from new bottle
27. Battery package
28. Seal from glass jar of peanut butter
29. Shaving cream bottle
30. Pizza crust package
31. Honey stinger energy chews
32. Garbage bag (not shown)

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Face lotion tube: I’d like to try Lush
-Face cleanser tube: I’d like to try Lush
-Deli meat bag: I’d like to get in the habit of bringing containers for this purpose
-Wrapping from set of mixing bowls: I probably could have found these bowls at a garage sale (although I have been looking…) but it was a great deal!
-Restaurant straws & skewer from caesar: we DID (okay, HE did) remember to ask for no straw, but she only brought no straws for our water, not the rest of our drinks :(
-Leaky Ziploc bag: we have a TON of these, but probably wont be buying more.
-Coocnut ice cream tub: my mama is buying me an ice cream maker for Christmas!
-Label off of old facewash bottle: I’d like to try Lush
-Cookie package: I often bake cookies, this was a “I’m grocery shopping after work and I’m hungry & shouldn’t be” fixer.
-Lid to container of peanuts: these are available in bulk (but without ingredient lists, which makes it a no-go for us)
-Pull tab & lid from carton of coconut milk: is available in cans, but more economical in a 2L carton
-Seal from glass jar of peanut butter: I’m not sure if PB is available in bulk at our health food store; it is in our hometown’s health food stores. Maybe we’ll stock up at Christmas
-Shaving cream bottle: Christmas gift. Usually use coconut oil
-Pizza crust package: for a blog post, usually make from scratch
-Honey stinger energy chews: bought when someone was sick, could make energy balls

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Twizzlers package
-Wrapping from set of mixing bowls
-Restaurant straws & skewer from caesar
-Leaky Ziploc bag
-Cookie package
-Lid to container of peanuts
-Shaving cream bottle

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-3 Dead/broken pens: as a restaurant server, these are required for my job. The whiteboard marker isn’t terribly essential, but we keep a list of what is in our freezer with a whiteboard rather than opening it & digging around every time we’re looking for something.
-2 Lids from glass bottles of vitamins + seal & silica from new bottle: as a nutritionist & someone educated on current farming methods, I can say with some certainty that I do not get all of the vitamins/minerals etc required for optimal health from my diet. I feel supplementing is required for me.
-Garbage bag (not shown): working toward not needing these (and running out quickly!) but we’re still using them.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We need to get back on board with 4 nights/week vegetarian. Somehow I’ve found us on the side of the road looking far away at the wagon we fell off of. Meat packaging is a big deal.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Ziploc bags: We have a bit of a stash right now (and do reuse them) but I don’t intent on buying any more of them.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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