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July 8, 2007

Week 3 Results: 6.7 oz. of plastic waste

 

This is Little Blue Snake (as opposed to Big Purple Snake who is hiding somewhere in the house.) He wanted to help me out this week with my plastic tally, but really he just looks cute in the picture. So, here goes:

Items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:

First, plastic wrappers, bags, and other non-recyclable plastic:

  • 1 plastic bag from a tripod I hadn’t yet taken out of the box. I wonder what other goodies I’ll discover as I clean out drawers and closets.
  • 1 plastic bag from a camera case I hadn’t taken out of the box. See above.
  • 1 strip of tape from aforementioned tripod/camera case box.
  • 1 outer wrapper from Costco pack of 6 packages of Garofalo spaghetti. As I mentioned last week, I have 4 more packages to use up.
  • 1 outer wrap from box of Refresh Endura eye drops. I guess they wrap the box in plastic for security reasons. These little vials would be easy to steal. But couldn’t they just tape the top & bottom shut without surrounding the whole thing in plastic?
  • 11 Whole Treats Belgian Chocolates Little Bites candy wrappers. These are all gone now.
  • 1 O-Cel-O 3-pack sponge wrapper. This doesn’t even include the sponges themselves, which I’m sure are made of some kind of petro-based syntho plasticky something. They’ll end up in purgatory at the end of their lives.
  • 1 Emergen-C packet. These are all gone now.
  • 1 12-oz Sun-Maid raisins bag. Found in the back of the cupboard with a handful of raisins left. I think these raisins expired in 2002, which means they’ve moved into at least 3 different houses and have still not been finished.
  • 1 plastic film from an Organic Bistro frozen dinner..
  • 1 Luna Elixir drink mix packet. I think it was swag from a race. Used it today. Tasted pretty awful.
  • 1 plastic container of Doctor’s Brush Picks + 1 brush pick inside. Basically plastic toothpicks with bristles. They didn’t work all that well in the first place.
  • 1 4.1 oz Crest Sensitivity toothpaste tube. See previous post. I’ve made my own tooth powder to replace this.
  • 1 16-ct Stayfree maxi pads bag. Since June 11, won’t be needing these ever again.
  • 1 Soy Delicious mini frozen sandwich wrapper. Still have a lot left in the box to use up. Or should I say, to enjoy? They are delicious, after all.
  • 1 lid & spray pump from a can of Air Sense natural orange room spray. Unfortunately, this kind of bottle cannot be reused because the plastic pump is fused to the metal can in such a way that you can’t open it without destroying it.

Now for the recyclable plastic items:

  • 1 #1 CA Redemption Value bottle: My last 1.25 litre Crystal Geyser sparkling water bottle. Michael will take this to Safeway for the money.
  • #4 plastic: 6 Refresh Endura single-use eyedrop containers. Michael will put these in the recycle bin at work. 7/16/07 Update: These are not recyclable in SF after all. San Francisco only accepts #2, #4, & #5 wide-mouthed containers, like yogurt containers. Any other plastic that is not either a narrow-necked bottle or a wide-mouth container is not accepted. So these eyedrop containers I gave Michael are in a landfill somewhere.

That’s it for the waste from items purchased before the plastic project began. Okay, now for the new plastic waste:

  • 1 Safeway Organics soy milk pull-tab from the spout. I may have found a solution to the soy milk problem! More on this later.
  • #5 plastic: 2 Haig’s Spicy Hummus containers & lids. These didn’t actually go into the recycle bin or the plastic purgatory because I plan to reuse them. So I debated whether or not they should go on the list this week. And I decided they should because I’m encouraging the production of new plastic by buying these.
  • 1 Rapunzel Rize organic active dry yeast packet. I bought it because it was organic and because I wanted to save plastic by making my own pitas, and it never occurred to me that this packet itself was made of plastic until it was too late!

And here are the other new plastic items that I purchased this week that are destined for plastic purgatory at some point in the future:

  • 2 1-oz glass bottles of essential oil (wintergreen & orange) with plastic lids. I bought these at Rainbow Grocery (more on Rainbow later), where they sell essential oils in bulk. You pay for the containers the first time, and then they refill them for you. So regardless of the tiny plastic caps, I thought this was a good alternative. The wintergreen is for my tooth powder and the orange is for some homemade dish soap that I plan to make.
  • 2 Seeds of Change frozen dinners.
  • 1 Michael Angelo’s frozen dinner. I’ve never tried it, so it’s a test to see how much plastic is inside.
  • 1 Helen’s Kitchen frozen dinner. Same as above. Another test to see how much plastic is inside.
  • 1 wedge of Dutch double cream gouda cheese in plastic wrap. Because if loving my cheese is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

So, less waste than last week but a few more new things. What do you think Little Blue Snake? Oh really? Is that so?
 



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