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Week 5 Results: 3.2 oz of plastic

Posted By Beth Terry On July 22, 2007 @ 7:26 pm In Plastic Tally 2007-08-15,Weekly Results 2007 | 6 Comments

My plastic waste is way down this week. As far as I know, all items are non-recyclable. It’s really eye-opening to see just how much plastic we use that cannot be recycled.

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

  • 1 Kleenex pocket pack tissue wrapper.I still have quite a few of these packs left; I just don’t use them very often.
  • 1 wrapper from a package of “D” batteries.
  • 8 Refresh Endura single-use eyedrop containers (#4 plastic).
  • 1 Santa Cruz organic applesauce cup. (#7 plastic) I have 4 more of these left to use up.
  • 2 prescription bottles (both #5 plastic).I asked the pharmacist this week if they could take the bottles back to reuse them and was told no. I think it may be against the law in California for pharmacies to reuse prescription bottles. I don’t know if these are recyclable or not, so I’m keeping them to reuse in some other way.
  • 1 Whole Kitchen frozen dinner tray and film.
  • 1 Soy Delicious mini frozen sandwich wrapper. Still have a few left in the box.

Now for the new plastic waste:

  • 2 Seeds of Change frozen dinner films. I’m making a commitment this week to be more conscious of my time and food preparations so that I can rely less on frozen foods. I have no more frozen entrees left, and I’m not planning on buying any more for a while.
  • 1 inner plastic bag from a box of Cashbah organic couscous. I had no idea there would be a plastic bag inside the box. From now on, I’ll stick to Trader Joe’s whole wheat couscous. I know for sure there is no plastic in that box (surprisingly, since TJ’s is so enamored with plastic in general.)
  • 1 plastic zip lock bag from a sample of Preserve toothbrushes that Recycline sent me. Ironic, no? I’ll resuse it. But still.
  • 4 feet of packing tape from said box of Preserve toothbrushes.

New plastic purchased this week which is destined for my plastic purgatory in the future:

  • 1 Haig’s spicy hummus container.
  • 1 block of Trader Joe’s English Coastal cheddar wrapped in plastic.
  • 1 glass jar of active dry yeast with a small plastic seal around the metal lid.

 


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