Friday, July 1, 2016

The plastic-free challenge - part 4

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
The third week in the plastic-free challenge is wrapped up! We are still making bread, sandwich spreads, popsicles and hand soap from scratch, and harvesting vegetables and herbs from our gardens :-)
Grow your own food to reduce plastic
Grow your own food to reduce plastic

This week's plastic waste

Not surprising, we've managed to produce 403 grams of plastic waste in one week! Last week's bag weighed 225 grams, and the first weighed 182 grams. In total, we have generated 810 grams of plastic waste in the course of three weeks.
The household plastic waste in week 3
The household plastic waste in week 3

One event hiked up this week's plastic waste; like a BBQ-party with the neighbors :-)

Finding meat without plastic wrap is difficult, but not impossible. You can bring your own metal containers to the grocery store's meat counter, or you can visit a butcher. Regrettably, we did none of these things. We almost forgot about the BBQ party and didn't have time to think plastic-free, while visiting the butcher would have been more expensive and time-consuming. Maybe next time ;-)

Bee's Wrap instead of regular kitchen plastic wrap

We finally tested the Bee's Wrap. I didn't think that it would do the same job as regular plastic wrap. But I've been wrong before, and I was wrong again! ;-) When we finish the last roll of plastic wrap, we're never going back.

The Bee's wrap worked perfectly to cover a bowl with leftovers and to store cheese! To make it flexible, you only need to use the warmth of your hands. When the wrap is cooled down (in the fridge), it holds the shape. 
Bee's wrap as an alternative to plastic wrap
Bee's wrap as an alternative to plastic wrap

A downside to the product, is the price. An assorted set of three sizes cost $18 at the company's online shop. In Oslo, I bought it for NOK 199 at Helios. I reckon that we're going to need at least six more to cover our needs.

But this is a quality product, so I believe it's an investment. You can already smell and touch the quality when you open the packaging - which is the smell of sweet wax and the touch of sturdy wrapping :-)

Another downside is that you can't see the content through the Bee's wrap like you would with a transparent plastic wrap. I need to memorize the content, especially when we're going to invest in more Bee's wraps in the house :-)
Bee's wrap to store cheese
Bee's wrap to store cheese

Magazine and its plastic wrap

I enjoy holding a paper magazine, but I get annoyed when WWF - an environmental protection organization - sends its magazine in plastic wrap! I subscribe to two other magazines and they avoid the plastic. Why can't WWF do the same?

Plastic wrap from magazines only make up a tiny percent of our plastic waste, but still, it is an unnecessary waste. The easy way of avoiding the plastic is to choose the electronic version, if that's available. And that's what I just did ;-)

Running out of plastic bags for residual waste

Earlier this week, my boyfriend pointed out that when we purchase groceries and other stuff in reusable shopping bags, we eventually run out of regular plastic bags. To throw away residual waste in this country (and elsewhere for that matter), we need plastic bags. That's the harsh irony to plastic-free living :-(

It doesn't sit right with me to voluntarily acquire plastic bags, but my boyfriend has a good point.

Continue to read:
When your better half eats meat and you don't.

What pollutes more - the cow or the car?

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