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Week 4 Results: Drowning in 13.9 oz of plastic
Posted By Beth Terry On July 15, 2007 @ 11:18 pm In Personal Musings,Plastic Tally 2007-07-15,Weekly Results 2007 | 5 Comments
Michael asked me this week why I felt the need to catalogue every tiny speck of plastic. Does each little cheese wrapper really make a difference?
And in an online discussion group, one of the participants questioned my priorities, saying,
“I sympathize with your frustration… but do you think that plastic wrapping is a core issue, worthy of all your attention? Plastic wrapping accounts for a minor amount of plastic use (though it may be much in your face as a buyer). We have millions of tons of car parts and furniture and trinkets and clothing and so much more being made out of plastic.”
He then went on to say, “Beth, surely working on the larger issue of the zero waste redesign of plastic manufacturing will be more rewarding than removing wrapping on pieces of cheese (where the wrapping at least serves a reasonable function, like it or not).”
These points are quite valid, and if course there are bigger problems in the waste stream than a few cheese wrappers. So I want to clarify the reason for this weekly tally of every plastic item I discard.
It’s not so much that I think each piece of plastic is equally as harmful to the environment as the others. The weekly tally serves to emphasize the ubiquitous nature of plastic in our world. The purpose is to bring to our awareness just how many things are made of or are wrapped in plastic and to help us wake up to how completely plastic products have become a part of our daily lives.
Listing the items each week helps me to be aware, and I hope it helps those who read this blog. So, with that explanation, here is this week’s list:
Items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
First, plastic wrappers, bags, and other non-recyclable plastic:
Now for the recyclable plastic items:
That’s it for the waste from items purchased before the plastic project began. Okay, now for the new plastic waste:
I believe the only new plastic I purchased this week was part of the cap from a Klean Kanteen  stainless steel bottle, in which I can carry water without worrying about plastic leaching into it. I plan on having this bottle for a very long time.
That’s the list for this week.
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 Michael Angelo’s: http://www.michaelangelos.com
 Helen’s Kitchen: http://www.helensfoods.com
 Klean Kanteen: http://www.kleankanteen.com
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