March 3, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Rhiannon, Week 3


Where – in the UK – do you buy basic foods not in plastic? My local health food stores still sell almost everything in plastic wrappers.

Location:Leeds, United Kingdom

Name: Rhiannon

Week: 3

Personal Info:

Nothing’s changed.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Carrier bags.

Total items collected: 27

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
1 Coke bottle
1 Abel and Cole cherry tomato punnet

Items: Nonrecyclable
23 items of food packaging – tofu, nuts, bread, snack bars, lids, etc.
1 bag which arrived as wrapping on a book.
1 envelope window.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
If the book had been in print, I could have bought it in a shop, refused the carrier bag, and had it plastic-free.

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?
Good question. Anyone got any ideas?

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
I’m not going to buy any more snack bars (once I’ve used up the ones in the cupboard).

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We haven’t tided up recently – I’m sure we’ve used up plastic this week which hasn’t made it into the stash.

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If you eat out, then only plastic you get is toilet rolls wrap + your hygiene products packages.
But is it really a solution? Only to the extent of how your takeaway or restaurant is getting supplied, ‘cos they may use a lot of plastic too…
Or go more drastically onto a beer diet (!not recommended), then all you have is an alloy cans ;)
And don’t forget not to wash yourself with nothing more than a tap water, well, I guess you can get a soap without a package in some soap shop.
Good luck finding your way :)

Well, if you go on a beer diet, you should buy your beer in glass bottles because the cans are lined inside with bisphenol-a.  :-)

Rhiannon, have you tried Leeds market? I used to live in Leeds and there was a scoop shop stall, but I’m not sure if its still there.

You most certainly can make your own yoghurt from soya milk. If you make it in a haybox it won’t use much energy either (no need to buy a yoghurt maker). You can also make it in a thermos but the results aren’t as good as a haybox.

To be plastic free in the uk you need to stock up on your own range of compostable and reusable bags, eat seasonally and check everything – even vege boxes have been known to plastic bags. beans and pulses are almost impossible to source plastic free so you have to compromise. I have just up dated a post on this you might find useful. There is also a list a other plastic free products on my blog. I am based in Huddersfield so they will be good for Leeds too. I have heard of people making their own soya milk… Read more »
To be plastic free in the U.K. You need to stock up on compostable bags and reusable bags and double check everything – even vege boxes can come in plastic bags. getting beans and pulses plastic free is almost impossible and compromises have to be made. I have just updated a post on this subject (I have been boycotting plastic for years now). I have heard of people making their own soya milk but don’t know if you can then make yoghurt. For other stuff check out my plastic free A to Z index over at I am in… Read more »