February 1, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Swarn Leung, Week 1


We eat tofu and tempeh every week. So far I can’t find them in bulk. I’d love to make them at home, but I don’t have the time right now. Any suggestions on how to avoid non-recyclable food packaging?

Location:  Duncan, BC, Canada

Name: Swarn Leung

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Married woman, late 30’s, work in town part-time, no children.

Swarn Leung’s personal blog:

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)
Shopping bags, bread bag from bakery (I brought my own)

Total items collected: 21

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable
tofu bin, pill bottle & lid, plastic bag from raisins

Items: Nonrecyclable
tempeh wrapper, smoked tofu wrapper, vegan sausage wrappers, pasta bag, zipper-top bags from raisins and nuts, coconut plastic wrap, tea bag wrappers, plastic ring from jar,.

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Tea bags that are not individually plastic-wrapped. Nuts and seeds in bulk rather than in zipper-lock bags.

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

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

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
make tempeh and pasta at home

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Tea bags from Mighty Leaf

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
I am really surprised at how much plastic is in my life. And how hard it is to avoid it completely. I think I need to read your book!

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