November 30, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 36


turkey baster: is there a plastic-free version?

Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 36

Personal Info:

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

Kristin’s personal blog:

Total items: 20

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Turkey bag
2. 2 Daiya bags
3. Chocolate bar wrapper
4. Garbage bag (not shown)
5. Stickers on fruit
6. Pancake mix bag
7. Battery package (for garage door opener)
8. Lightbulb package
9. Realfruit gummies bag
10. Pull tab from carton of almond milk
11. 3 Drink sample packets
12. Gluten free flour bag
13. Pasta bag
14. Packaging from 2 cell phone cases
15. Shipping bag cell phone cases came in
16. 2 cell phone screen protector accessories (not shown)
17. Mailer envelope
18. Sour cream container
19. Dead turkey baster
20. Envelope containing Christmas gift tags

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Chocolate bar wrapper: normally we buy chocolate in paper/foil packaging
-Pancake mix bag: I could be making my own pancake mix, but those flours are still only available in plastic anyways
-Pull tab from carton of almond milk: from what I understand it’s very easy to make almond milk, but we do have most of a case of it in the pantry to go through
-Pasta bag: there is one type of rice pasta available at one store in town in bulk
-Packaging from 2 cell phone cases: the cases themselves are bioplastics, does that count?
-Dead turkey baster: is there a plastic-free version?
-Envelope containing Christmas gift tags: these are old, but I can avoid purchasing in future (no that I’ll need to for a long while…)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Pull tab from carton of almond milk: last week we gave up beverage containers that are or contain plastic. We have lots of these left in the house though.
-Sour cream container

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-Turkey bag
-Garbage bag
-Stickers on fruit
-Battery package (for garage door opener)
-Lightbulb package
-Dead turkey baster?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Not leaving the turkey baster on top of the hot oven for one!

We’re aiming for more whole foods & to really amp up our healthy habits in the next 3 weeks until we head home for Christmas. In previous years we tend to overdo things & get bad acid reflux from overindulging, and get sick when we’re done with it all. Prevention is key, so lots of veggies & less processed/packaged foods for us!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
It looks like sour cream is kicking the bucket this week. I am the only one in the house that can have it, and most of this container went bad before I used it up anyways.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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