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Week 9 Results: 6.1 oz of plastic

Posted By Beth Terry On August 19, 2007 @ 7:25 pm In Plastic Tally 2007-09-15,Weekly Results 2007 | 3 Comments

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].
  • 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 [2] 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 [3]. 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.


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[1] Seventh Generation 48-roll cases from Amazon.com: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/seventh-generation-amazoncom-solving/

[2] carcinogenic phthalates: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/842/title/Girls_may_face_risks_from_phthalates

[3] leach Bisphenol A: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/is-your-water-cooler-messing-with-your/

[4] Image: https://plus.google.com/+BethTerry

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