The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
August 19, 2007

Week 9 Results: 6.1 oz of plastic

Plastic is not healthy for humans or bears. (Just look at the stoicism in his eyes as Bear helps me present this week’s tally.) The weight is up a bit this week as I say, “Goodbye,” to the very last bit of plastic toilet paper packaging. Here’s the list:

Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 8 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
  • 1 outer wrapper from a box of Refresh Endura eye drops.
  • 1 outer bag from a package of Trader Joe’s “Just A Handful Of Dry-Roasted Almonds” individual servings. I found this bag in the back of the refrigerator. It’s hard to believe there was a time when I would buy a bagful of individual bags of nuts.
  • 7 individual plastic bags of Trader Joe’s “Just A Handful Of Dry-Roasted Almonds.” See above.
  • 1 plastic wrap from from around the neck of a bottle of Act fluoride rinse.
  • 1 plastic cap from a bottle of Act fluoride rinse. As I now know, plastic caps are not recyclable even if the bottle itself is.
  • Wrappers from two 6-roll packages of Quilted Northern Ultra toilet paper. As I wrote this past week, we have solved our toilet paper problem by switching to Seventh Generation 48-roll cases from Amazon.com.
  • 1 wrapper from a 24-roll package of Quilted Northern Super Absorbent toilet paper. See above. I didn’t want to wait until all of this toilet paper was used up before tallying the wrapper, so I freed the remaining rolls from the plastic packaging and won’t have to include any more of these in my weekly tallies. Yay!

Recyclable items purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 1 18-oz bottle of Act fluoride rinse. Like the lotion bottle last week, this one is #3 plastic, which means PVC’s carcinogenic phthalates could be leaching into the rinse. One other factor in whether or not I continue to buy this product after the last 2 bottles are used up. I think I can recycle this one at work in Daly City, but I’m not sure about the tube inside which I was unable to remove.
  • 1 Safeway Organics applesauce cup (#7 plastic). Another potentially toxic container. #7 is polycarbonate plastic, the type reported to leach Bisphenol A. I have 2 more of these left to use up and can recycle the cups at work in Daly City.

Now for the new plastic waste:

  • Plastic corks from 2 bottles of Boissonneau Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Blanc. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m still looking for an alternative to this wine that I love: something very dry and crisp that will compliment super-sharp cheddar cheese.
  • 1 wrapper from a block of Cabot extra sharp cheddar.
  • 1 piece of plastic packing tape from the case of Boissonneau Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Blanc.
  • 1 piece of plastic packing tape from the 48-roll case of Seventh Generation toilet paper. This is the only plastic in the entire package. I can live with it!

New plastic purchased this week:

  • Just a couple of cooking utensils from Goodwill. Like I said last week, reclaimed plastic is good plastic.

 

3 comments
terrible person
terrible person

Bear doesn't get "flown" across the room ... is that a portmanteau of "flung" and "thrown"? Bear can leap large distances.Of course, Bear, like the bear in the proverbial question, doesn't use toilet paper.I think that you should play up the fact that we have real flesh fish, in contrast to fake plastic fish.I actually got Bear several months after I got the job, when I was getting close to leaving it!But here is a scary article about flame retardant chemicals in carpets and furniture that can get into dust and give cats (and maybe us?) hyperthyroidism. According to the sidebar (not in the online edition), stuffed animals should be washed. Not clear whether it's because of dust, or because they have flame retardants in them. Bear could be harming us, though not as badly as Timothy Treadwell. We should check Bear and Blue Snake and all their friends to see if they can be cleaned!Hey, you revealed my identity! I thought I told you, like Tyler Durden, never to talk about me!

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank
Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank

Oh no! We would never throw out Bear! He's part of our family... er... managerie I guess you'd call it over here. We can't have actual living, breathing pets (except for a few fish and the occasional army of ants) in our rented apartment, but we can have as many stuffed friends as we want.Note: realizing that many stuffed animals are made from synthetic materials, and also realizing how many homeless and forgotten toys there are in the world, we are only adopting previously-owned plush friends into our home these days. I found a little white monkey in the gutter a few days ago, and after a nice bath in the washing machine, he's as happy as if he were new.But Bear is special. Michael (Terrible Person) got him from FAO Schwartz not long after landing an awesome new job a few years ago. Bear was his present. Bear is a very noble creature, even though he is sometimes subjected to terrible indignities, like being flown across the room or covered with plastic.

Pfeng
Pfeng

Geez, when I first saw the picture I thought you were throwing out poor Bear there :)