May 21, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 5



Can I buy burger buns without bags?

Location:Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Name: Sabrina B

Week: 5

Personal Info:

Sabrina B’s personal blog:

Total items: 9

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
2 bottles of lotion
1 envelop window

Items: Nonrecyclable
burger bun bag
4 chocolate wrappers
energy bar wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The chocolate :)

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
The energy bars. I am looking into making my own Lara imitation bars.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Burger buns are an essential for me. I buy the flat pita-like ones and I toast them for breakfast. I guess I could try having oatmeal… yuk!

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
Planning my snacks and meals ahead of time. Avoid temptations at work such as the chocolate a co-worker offered to me – I will just say “no thank you” :)

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
The chocolate wrappers…

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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6 Comments on "Plastic Challenge: Sabrina B, Week 5"

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Here’s my recipe. I make a bunch and freeze them. They are excellent. The link above has pictures as I make them, step-by-step.

If you want easy and not to kneed the bread.. these seem really easy..

IF you dont want to make them, look for a local bakery and take your own cloth sack to pick some up!Here are 2 i read about:
Vegan Danish Bakery (7718 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON) has breads, they might have buns? Also reading that there is a place called Fresh Buns & Bread (3750 St Clair Ave E, Scarborough, ON) not sure if they are far… Or places like Panera.. if they have that there…

Once you’ve made your own buns, you won’t want to go back!!

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable

I’ve made my own buns as well, to avoid both the packaging and the HFCS. In a pinch, though, I’ve taken to buying baguettes (paper wrapping, no HFCS) and slicing them into 6″ lengths. I just make my burgers accordingly.

Hey! While I’m sure there are bakeries that would make them on special request..I gave up on trying to find burger buns not in plastic and started making my own. They are super easy… I usually screw up loaf bread, but the buns turn out perfect every single time!! (even doubling the recipe they turn out great… so make a bunch and freeze some)