October 3, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 28


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 28

Personal Info:

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

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

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.Yak roast package (it’s in the bowl!)
2. Starbucks sample cup & straw
3. Stickers from fruit & veggies
4. Garbage bag for the weeks trash
5. Bread mix bag
6. 2 Yogurt containers
7. Cheese package
8. Falafel Chip bag
9. Seaweed snack package
10. Toothpaste tube
11. Tags from new clothes
12. Tortellini package
13. Broken plastic container & lid
14. Bagel bag & tag
15. Fedex bag
16. Bag that contents were in
17. Vega sample packages
18. Tinted moisturizer tube
19. Coconut milk pull tab
20. Straw
21. 2 Pull tabs from cartons of milk
22. Riceworks bag
23. 2 Spinach tubs
24. Seal around pre-workout stuff container
25. Seal from inside pre-workout stuff container
26. Kinnitoos package
27. Divacup box (plastic window)
28. A multitude of Bandaids & wrappers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Yak roast package: while I haven’t been able to source yak meat in PG, bison is an acceptable substitute and comes packaged in butcher’s paper.
Starbucks sample cup & straw: whoops…
-Bread mix bag: for an upcoming blog post
-2 Yogurt containers: there will be less of this in our lives in the coming weeks
-Falafel Chip bag: we’re talking about making falafels for dinner next week!
-Seaweed snack package: new product I wanted to try- tasty, but all plastic :(
-Toothpaste tube: currently using Tom’s metal tube which I

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Starbucks sample cup & straw: this was the first thing I DID give up!
-Seaweed snack package
-Kinnitoos package

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Garbage bag for the weeks trash: we’re gettin’ close to needing an alternative…
-Toothpaste tube: the lush toothy tabs aren’t cost effective & baking soda is too abrasive on my sensitive teeth. I’m considering trying Dr.Bronners peppermint castille soap as that’s what we use in the shower, but hesitant…
-Tags from new clothes: even used items have plastic tags
-Broken plastic container & lid: until we no longer have any plastic food storage containers in our house, there will always be some that get broken.
-Tinted moisturizer tube: my face needs to have stuff on it to look “presentable” at work. I need a new job to eliminate this item…
-Divacup box (plastic window): I love this option & it works for me (this is my second one) but the initial purchase still includes plastic. I see the merit in having a window in the package from the company’s perspective though.
-A multitude of Bandaids & wrappers: I have the next 2 days off work; my feet will be able to rest & heal before I have to put them back in their abusers

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I need to take a look at how my vermiculture worms are doing. It’s starting to get below freezing overnight & it wont be long until the snow is flying and the ground freezing. I can’t bury my compost in the backyard when I can’t dig into it! Hopefully the little guys are still alive & well in their bin…

That’ll help with the overall garbage output from the house, but the plastic specifically…

I’m working on breaking in my work shoes so that I’m not using as many band-aids. Some days they look like they’ve gone through the garbage disposal. This month we’re participating in “Unprocessed October” which will likely result in less plastic. I hope that we will adopt these eating habits beyond Halloween.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
It’s looking like Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks wont be sticking around our house. They were ever so good, but I’m fairly certain the packaging outweighed the product. I’d be happy to buy this again if they could get their ducks in a row with regard to the package.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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