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Week 10 Results: 5.6 oz of plastic
Posted By Beth Terry On August 26, 2007 @ 10:27 pm In Plastic Tally 2007-09-15,water filters,Weekly Results 2007 | 7 Comments
04/14/2008 Update: If you’ve reached this page because you want to know how to recycle Brita filter cartridges in North America, please visit http://www.takebackthefilter.org  for more information about the campaign to urge Clorox (owner of Brita in North America) to develop a take-back recycling program for these cartridges!
In solidarity with my guy Michael, who left on a jet plane today with his TSA regulation zip-lock bag of liquids and gels, I packed up my plastic waste in a zip-lock type bag that I happened to acquire this week. He’s got a conference to attend for a couple of days, and then he’ll be joining me in Anaheim as my friend David and I attempt the Disneyland Half Marathon on Labor Day.
Crimany! I’ve run exactly 4 times since my surgery on June 11. It will be interesting to see if I’m still alive to blog about plastic in a week after dragging my untrained self 13.1 miles through the happiest place on earth. If so, I’ll probably have some interesting things to share about plastic in Mickey’s world.
So, here’s the tally for week 10:
Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
As you can see, in addition to the housing, the carbon filter has two endcaps, also made of plastic.
My question is this: Why do these cartridges need a disposable housing? Wouldn’t it make more sense to sell a permanent housing that you would open to insert a cartridge consisting of just the carbon filter with the endcaps?
That is how the Multi-Pure system  is put together, which Scott from Least Footprint  recommended to me this weekend. The housing sits on the counter or under the sink, and the cartridge is a carbon block with two plastic end caps. The cartridge only needs to be replaced once a year, resulting in much less plastic waste than with the Brita System.
I also found out this weekend that Brita USA is actually owned by Clorox , that environmentally responsible manufacturer of such products as Clorox bleach, Liquid Plumr, and Glad plastic trash bags. So another reason the cartridges are recyclable in Europe and not in the United States could be because they’re not actually made by the same company, and the company that does make them in the U.S. doesn’t give a crap!
Recyclable items purchased before the plastic project began:
Now for the new plastic waste:
That’s it. I didn’t buy any other plastic last week.
Hey, I love all of your comments, and it will be especially nice to get them this week while Michael is away.
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URLs in this post:
 http://www.takebackthefilter.org: http://www.takebackthefilter.org
 Multi-Pure system: http://www.multipureco.com
 Least Footprint: http://leastfootprint.blogspot.com
 Brita USA is actually owned by Clorox: http://www.thecloroxcompany.com/products/index.html
 Jessica Prentice SF bay Area Local Foods Wheel: http://www.localfoodswheel.com
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