September 20, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 26


Until I can afford lasers or the dignity to grow out my leg hair long enough for regular waxing, what do I do…. Hardcore straightblade up my legs? Not gonna lie, I’m kinda scared!

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 26

Personal Info:

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

Kristin’s personal blog:

Total items: 28

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Jello cup (discovered in camping gear, at least 5 years old)
2. 2 toothpaste tubes
3. Sunscreen tube
4. Marshmallow bag
5. Graham cracker tray
6. Wild Riceworks bag
7. Almond cracker bag
8. Taco tray (gah, fooled again!)
9. An assortment of plastic cutlery (broken camping)
10. Jungle peanuts bag (not shown)
11. Soap wrapping
12. Plastic wrapping from juice boxes
13. 2 straw packages from juice boxes
14. 3 (Glass) milk jug rings
15. Packing pillows from inside box
16. Plastic surrounding purchase
17. Baking mix bag (plastic lined inside paper bag)
18. Sesame oil can lid (canister is not plastic)
19. Pull tab from almond milk carton
20. Garbage bag from bunny’s hay
21. Razor blade
22. Bandaid & wrapper
23. Pasta bag
24. 3M sticky strip
25. 2 Burger bun bags & 1 tag
26. Mustard bottle
27. Expired medication
28. Cello from crackers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-2 toothpaste tubes: the debate rages on… I have a Tom’s metal tube right now, so that’s a reduction
-Sunscreen tube: personally I hate the stuff. I’m happy to go without.
-Marshmallow bag: my intent was to make some, but the s’more cookies failed, so the project was abandoned :(
-Graham cracker tray: check out my blog for pics of the horrendously failed cookies!
-Wild Riceworks bag: spotted these in the store while buying marshmallows lol- had to try em’!
-Almond cracker bag: When camping season comes around again next year I’d love to make socca crackers
-Taco tray (gah, fooled again!) It LOOKS cardboard, but is plastic. Sad trombone.
-An assortment of plastic cutlery (broken camping): We actually have an old cutlery set to be donated to the camping gear, but then what would we do with ALL this plastic stuff. Might as well use it…
-Jungle peanuts bag (not shown): regular peanuts can be bought in bulk, this was something different to try.
-Soap wrapping: Christmas gift, don’t normally buy soap w/packaging
-Plastic wrapping from juice boxes: also discovered in camping stuff. Note to self, you will find juice boxes in the camping stuff again next year too!
-2 straw packages from juice boxes
-3 (Glass) milk jug rings: glass bottles definitely are a reduction in plastic, but this was more milk than we normally consume in a week. I bought chocolate.
-Packing pillows from inside box: I always intend on requesting no plastic packaging with my order, but forget. Like the straws…
-Plastic surrounding purchase: I wasn’t able to find this item in a store anywhere in town, thus it was ordered online. We did reuse it as a garbage bag though!
-Baking mix bag (plastic lined inside paper bag): I genuinely thought this bag was plasticless, but was fooled. Ugh.
-Sesame oil can lid (canister is not plastic): I can’t seem to find this in a bottle without some kind of plastic component. I’ll be looking this week though.
-Garbage bag from bunny’s hay: When we get more hay for her at Christmas, we’ll take a tote with us.
-Razor blade: straightblade? Help!
-Pasta bag: there is ONE type of gluten free pasta available in bulk at ONE store in PG. I need variety, sadly. I’ll stock up at Christmas.
-3M sticky strip: fixed it rather than buying a new one. Reduction for the win.
-2 Burger bun bags & 1 tag: I could’ve baked these, but I was fighting with cookie making the whole while
-Mustard bottle: I can TOTALLY get mustard in glass jars- score! But there’s still 3+ different kinds in the fridge in plastic at the moment…
-Expired medication: not something we need to repurchase b/c the condition has been reversed with diet. WIN.
-Cello from crackers: I can bake crackers. I can bake crackers. I can bake crackers.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Jello cup (discovered in camping gear, at least 5 years old)
Jungle peanuts bag (not shown)
Plastic wrapping from juice boxes
2 straw packages from juice boxes
Packing pillows from inside box
Plastic surrounding purchase
Sesame oil can lid (canister is not plastic)
Razor blade

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Bandaid & wrapper: In foodservice, these things cannot be left to “air out”. If I wasn’t so clumsy (and those around me, I might add) I wouldn’t be going through as many of them though. New shoes are comin’ though… :(

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I had a conversation with my mom via skype recently that touched on her learning how to shave her legs with a straight blade. She has 3 older brothers, and apparently this is how grandma did it. Maybe this is still how grandma does it? I don’t see much of grandma’s legs these days, but I do recall always seeing pink disposable razors in their house….

I’ve been using mens razor blades for more than ten years now, and in the past 2 years since I’ve been living with my man I’ve been using his once he’s done with them (which generally wasn’t long due to his coarse hair). He switched awhile back & now alternates between 2 straightblades & 2 safety razors which leaves me on the receiving end of no half used blades. I’m at a bit of a crossroads as to what to do. Skirts are a regular part of my workplace attire & I shave my twigs every second day-ish. I need to take a leap of faith (or just hum & haw until someone pushes me…)

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The jello cups FOR SURE. This one in particular, as mentioned was old and this isn’t something I would ever want to have to admit to purchasing again.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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