I really got the plastic down this week, thanks in part to Tess’s Trash Challenge, which ended for me yesterday. Here are the final results of the trash challenge, as well as links to the interview that Tess did with me.
And here’s the weekly plastic tally:
Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
- 9 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
- 1 Act fluoride rinse cap and neck wrapper. See below.
Recyclable items purchased before the plastic project began:
- 1 Act fuoride rinse bottle (#3 plastic). I sent an e-mail to Chattem, Inc., the company that makes this product asking why they use #3 (PVC) plastic for their bottles. PVC is one of the worst types of plastic. They responded that new Act bottles are being made from #1 (PETE), which is a much more benign plastic. I checked out a bottle at the drugstore and confirmed this to be true. I’m down to my last bottle and still have to decide if I want to continue using this. Do adults need supplemental fluoride? The jury is still out.
And that’s all the old stuff. Now for the new plastic waste.
- 1 Safeway Organics cheddar cheese wrapper.
- 1 plastic bag left on my doorstep containing the Rockridge phone directory. I e-mailed the company that publishes this and also left them a phone message yesterday. They’re local, so they should know not to distribute plastic bags in Oakland!
- 1 Haig’s spicy hummus container & lid.
And that’s it. Here’s hoping that this coming week is even lighter!
Remind me to tell you about:
1) Working on the bottled water issue at the farmer’s market today
2) Talking to Jane Brunner’s assistant about recycling at the Rockridge Street Fair
3) The TMBG concert we are on our way to right now.