January 3, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Kristin, Week 39


Location:Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Name: Kristin

Week: 39

Personal Info:

University & working couple plus bunny doing the best we can!

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

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
ooh, this is a new field!

Total items collected: 27

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
Sadly plastic recycling is not available in our area :(

Items: Nonrecyclable
1. 2 Garbage bags for the week’s trash
2. Stickers on fruit
3. 2 Tissue paper packaging
4. Card envelope package
5. 2 Bread bags
6. Tortilla bag
7. Craft store bag (not reusable)
8. Lentil bag
9. Rubber stamp package
10. Daiya package
11. Fruitcake package
12. Gift wrap package
13. Toilet paper packaging
14. Window in pasta box
15. Seafood bag
16. Pre-workout container w.scoop
17. Lip balm tube
18. Film from envelope seals
19. 3 Emergen-C packets
20. Small candy wrappers
21. Salad tub
22. Juice box straw package
23. 3 Bread bags w/tags
24. Ziploc bag with hole
25. Seal around package of Christmas baking containers
26. Bach Flower Remedy tin seal
27. Backing from Christmas stickers

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
-Card envelope package: I’ll be on the lookout for envelopes to use for next years Christmas cards after the holiday stuff goes on sale. I should have plenty more options after the big day.
-2 Bread bags: We can bake our own, but things are so damn busy this time of year!
-Craft store bag (not reusable): normally I would bring a reusable bag into the store, or just not use one but I ended up buying more than expected on this day. Should’ve brought in a bag.
-Lentil bag: I can easily buy these in bulk, bagless
-Window in pasta box: I can easily buy these in bulk sans plastic
-Salad tub: could buy heads of lettuce
-3 Bread bags w/tags: could be baking bread, but no time before Christmas!
-Seal around package of Christmas baking containers: could’ve bought containers without packaging

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
-Lentil bag
-Pre-workout container w.scoop
-Small candy wrappers: already given up, using up last of stocks
-Juice box straw package: given up, consuming the last of em’
-Ziploc bag with hole: given up purchasing new ones, but the old ones will be around for awhile

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
-2 Garbage bags for the week’s trash
-Stickers on fruit
-Toilet paper packaging: I know seventh generation has cases available through amazon.com, but the only one showing on amazon.ca appears to be packaged in plastic:
-Lip balm tube: not something I regularly buy as we have quite a supply, but what to do when they run out? There must be some brands in metal tins…

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Now that Christmas is over, we can get back to “normal” and we’ll re-evaluate the plastic “stuff” situation & how that relates to our lifestyle.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Vega preworkout energizer. Mr.C doesn’t generally respond to stimulants in general. He’s the kind of guy that can drink a coffee and then go to bed, so this product didn’t really do what it was designed to do for him. He’s not using it anymore.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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