May Challenge: Week 4 Plastic Results

We have decided to post weekly results for the May Challenge. Instead of monthly, then we can see more often what we need to fix. I am happy with our results, but know we can do so much better. It is good to see everything laid out, it helps to see what we really need to work on. Below is the photo from Week 3 (May 22-28) of all our plastic that we used.

Week 4 we used/collected 6 items equaling 103 grams / 3.6 ounces total.
none, all is new

Ice Cream box
magazine sleve
packaging from butchers meat
chocolate bar wrapper
hair brush cover
chips bag

I have submitted our results to the My Plastic Free Life: Plastic Trash Challenge. Beth, of My Plastic Free Life, ask some questions when you submit your weeks tally. Here are my answers below.

What items could I easily replace with plastic-free or less plastic alternatives?
There is a store that sells chocolate bars in paper, I buy them sometimes – but they dont have many flavors.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic-free alternative doesn’t exist?
Magazine Cover, I don’t ever remember ordering it nor have I ever gotten it. But it made it to me from the States so I guess I did order it.

Brush cover. I had been looking for a boar bristle wooden brush. I bought one, then a friend who knew I had been looking for one brought one back for me from her vacation. Was nice of her, but now I have 2 brushes πŸ˜›

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
We could nix the snacks (chocolate, chips and ice cream), since I do know how to make them all.. but at the moment we are to busy. I am going to try to make our own ice cream soon though.

Meat, sometimes the butcher has packed it down to smaller bags πŸ™

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I have a new house now (yay, but dont move till September) so that means I can get a deep freeze. We are going to look into finding a local farmer that would sell us 1/2 a cow and 1/2 a pig. Then we can get it all in paper and freeze it!

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Not sure that there are any this week that we would give up.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
We have decided to drive up to the other butchers just outside of town next week to check out there meat selection. I am hoping that they will have less plastic. (I also hope that since they are smaller they will have more time to talk to us. I really want to know exactly where my meat is from, not just a ‘yeah its local’ response.)

So what do you think? Are you ready to join in the challenge?

3 Responses

  1. EcoCatLady May 29, 2011 / 01:11

    OK… first of all, the math problems are getting harder, I actually had to think about it this time!

    I’ve been meaning to say that your ice cream conundrum keeps bringing up fantasies about Norwegian soft serve ice cream. I have these memories of getting the most incredible soft serve ice cream from street vendors when I lived in Trondheim. To this day I’ve never had anything like it. It was creamy and delicious, made from real cream, not imitation junk, and not overly sugary like so much ice cream is these days.

    I suppose it’s entirely possible that I’ve romanticized it beyond it’s actual flavor… it was 25 years ago after all. So I keep meaning to ask you if they still have it… and my thought was that if they do, maybe you could find a vendor who would let you bring your own container. Then you could have the absolute best of both worlds! (ie: no plastic AND the world’s most delicious ice cream.)

  2. Fonda LaShay May 29, 2011 / 18:08

    oh no! sorry about the math.. I will see if i can set it up to be easier πŸ™‚

    I had not thought about talking to a street vendor. We have one vendor like place in the ‘mall’, it is fancy Swiss Ice Cream called MΓΆvenpick… Ill look into it and keep my eye open for street vendors. I feel I only ever see street vendors when we are traveling.

    And yes, there soft serve ice cream here is amazing, you remember right!! πŸ™‚

  3. EcoCatLady May 29, 2011 / 23:34

    I’m not sue if I’m glad that my memory of the ice cream is for real or not. If I had made it all up in my head then I wouldn’t have to feel like I was missing anything! πŸ™‚

    I suppose it doesn’t have to be a street vendor. You could see if wherever they sell soft serve ice cream would fill your own container for you…. although that might be a lot to navigate in a foreign language!

What do you think?