December 14, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 38


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 38

Personal Info:

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

Kristin’s personal blog:

Total items: 24

Total weight:

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

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. Daiya mozza bag
2. itunes giftcard
3. 2 placards from cream cheese packages
4. Baking mix bag (incl. yeast packet)
5. Toothpaste tube
6. Bacon package
7. Beads from earrings modified instead of tossed
8. Garbage bag for the week
9. Duck fat container
10. Small candy wrappers
11. Bread bag
12. Pasta bag
13. Cheese wrapper
14. Spice bottle
15. Protein powder tub
16. Stickers on fruit
17. Lid & seal from (glass) bottle of liquid calcium
18. Emergen-C packets
19. Price tag loop from new (non-plastic) laundry hamper
20. Wrapping from card envelopes
21. Wrapping from rubber stamps & ink pads
22. Marshmallow bag
23. Support tube from daisy in bouquet of flowers
24. Cream cheese container from ages ago

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-itunes giftcard: this was a birthday gift. Normally I pay for my music via itunes directly from my credit card
-Toothpaste tube: plasticless tooth cleaning options are out there… we’re always on the lookout to try something new!
-Bacon package: normally I buy this fresh, directly from the deli and bring it home in containers, but this was discovered in the freezer.
-Duck fat container: we can use fats that come in non-plastic containers.
-Bread bag: Must. Bake. Bread. This. Week….
-Spice bottle: We’re not replacing this particular spice mix in our cupboard, but it is available in bulk
-Emergen-C packets: extra vit.c in my diet via food would be ideal… we do have a schwack of these however, and it is THAT time of year…
-Marshmallow bag: I could have made my own (or found something else to put in the snack mix) but I SO don’t have time right now…

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-2 placards from cream cheese packages: this isn’t a normal purchase, it was for Christmas baking
-Bacon package: I’d be willing to commit to buying this fresh sliced from the butcher directly rather than his pre-packs
-Small candy wrappers: this is something that we gave up awhile back… using up the last of the stash in this years advent calendar
-Spice bottle: we also gave this up already, but it was an existing item
-Cream cheese container from ages ago: in addition to the other cream cheese, this is an irregular purchase as well. I didn’t even finish it…

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-itunes giftcard: while not “essetial” we’re bound to receive a bunch more gift cards for Christmas in the coming weeks. I still have 2 or 3 in my wallet from my birthday last month as well. I think it’s siding on “rude” to ask for cash instead of plastic of some sort.
-Garbage bag for the week
-Pasta bag: we can’t get gluten free pasta in bulk here. We probably don’t need to eat as much pasta as we do though… we’ve been cutting down.
-Protein powder tub: at this point in our lives, this is a staple…
-Stickers on fruit: until we live in California…
-Lid & seal from (glass) bottle of liquid calcium: this is a pretty minimal plastic item. It’s worth our health.
-Price tag loop from new (non-plastic) laundry hamper: we don’t buy a ton of things new, but when we do (or second hand even) they usually have one of these…

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
We leave in less than a week to go home for Christmas, so our “normal lifestyle” will be dumped on its head for a bit. We’ll still do our best!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Cream cheese. Even the plain-jane foil wrapped blocks of it have a plastic thing in them… only one of us can eat the stuff anyways. Dear phlegm & waistline: you’re welcome.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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