January 29, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Nan, Week 4



Any way to make a nondairy creamer (especially for baking)?

Location:Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Name: Nan

Week: 4

Personal Info:

Nan’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
plastic straw – remembered to say no straw
4 shopping bags
2 candies
box of crackers (homemade were so yummy)
some window envelopes (signed up for 3 bills online this week)

Total items collected: 28

Total weight: 1 lb 11 oz

Items: Recyclable
1 newspaper bag (still came in a bag this week; no way to return it for reuse so will reuse or recycle myself) #4
1 nonprescription med bottle #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
1 old popcorn popper (bought used about 10 years ago and the plastic is cracked and melted and has a toxic coating I’m sure) Bought a metal one for $2 this week at the thift store which makes great popcorn.
1 gift bag
4 zinc lozenge wrappers
1 container from gum
1 candy wrapper
1 tea envelope
1 packet of Emergen-C
1 allergy swap
2 tamper seals
5 window envelopes
1 security tag
5 tiny plastic price tag attachments from thift store shopping
1 huge shoe insole package
1 frozen veggie bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
veggie bag (bought Stahlbush bag before I read here that it’s really plastic- tricky)
shoe insole package (had this on at home already, but a imagine some are available)
zinc lozenges (still using up a supply)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
carry some mints or a toothbrush to avoid chewing gum

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
continue to work on the on-line billing and junk mail situation

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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4 Comments on "Plastic Challenge: Nan, Week 4"

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Nice find on the metal popcorn popper!

That link is very interesting; when milk is no longer milk! Nondairy creamer is rather scary in general, but I use the more natural vegan ones occasionally for candies and baked goods.

Thanks for the response. I’m looking for a vegan creamer; liquid would be fine (like the coconut creamer from the store). I guess just making some thick soymilk would work. I wonder if it might need some kind of gum or thickner? I could not find a good recipe online, but perhaps I need to dig further on a vegan site. One of the coops here used to have powdered soy milk in bulk, but no longer does. That would probably work too so I’ll look around. I love how this website gets me thinking outside the box.

Hi Nan. I have a question about the creamer. Do you want non-dairy creamer because you are vegan or because you are lactose intolerant or some other reason. I’ve seen a few recipes online, but none of them are vegan.

If you want to use non-dairy creamer because you are vegan, you should read this article that explains that most non-dairy creamers actually contain modified milk powder.


I think you would need to find a recipe that uses soy milk instead of milk powder.