February 17, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Nan, Week 6



Starting to really miss tortilla chips! Not sure if I’m asking how to get over feeling deprived (which of course, I’m not really deprived), or a plastic-free alternative?
What do people do about tape?

Location:Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Name: Nan

Week: 6

Personal Info:

Nan’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
purchased valentine’s candy in bulk

Total items collected: 29

Total weight: 2.5 oz

Items: Recyclable
cat food container #7
plant pot #5
berry container #1 (oh what a luxury this time of year)
vitamin bottle and cap #2
vitamin bottle cap
newspaper bag
misc bag that a gift came in
ziplock baggie

Items: Nonrecyclable
6 tamper seals
1 piece tape
2 kale tags
1 tea wrapper
1 candy wrapper
1 plastic tie
1 emergen-c
1 vinyl glove
1 cauliflower wrapper
4 window envelopes
1 bandage
1 misc. piece of plastic found in a drawer, from an air mattress I think

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
cat food – this was a gift treat
newspaper bag- still working on this one. Company said I can get it without plastic, but had a substitute carrier so seems there was a mix up.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
generally fresh berries in winter (this was a special treat for a party)

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
sometimes tape seems essential
bandage for work (I work in healthcare so must cover cuts with a bandage, but may try some alternatives at home)

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
would need to preserve more food when in season here

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
kale tag -found a type of kale without a tag

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Feeling a little discouraged, especially with the backlog of plastics hanging around the house.

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Thanks so much for the tape info. This is exactly what I needed. I lack the confidence and skills to make homemade tortilla chips. I do make flour tortillas and crackers, but the really yummy deep fried dipping chips? I’m not so sure I can pull that off. Crackers, snack mix, and popcorn seem to be helping. There are a lot of places in my neighborhood that make regular/corn tortillas so maybe I’ll try that route. If I can get some tortillas plastic-free perhaps I could oven fry them or something.

Hi Nan. I know some people make their own tortilla chips. Or find a taqueria where they make them from scratch. Me? I just need the salt and crunch, so I eat pretzels from the bulk bin instead. It depends on what it is about the tortilla chips that you need. Maybe others will chime in.

As for tape, I can help you! Check out #70 here: http://plasticfreeguide.com