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Week 23 Results: 3.5 oz of plastic

Posted By Beth Terry On November 25, 2007 @ 11:27 pm In Plastic Tally 2007-12-15,Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC),soaps and lotions,Weekly Results 2007 | 9 Comments

Yay! The total weight’s back down again. But my plastic still doesn’t fit in the palm of my hand. Maybe this week coming up?

Before I get on with the tally, here is a PVC update and a local Deal Alert:

First, the PVC update: As you know, I found four bottles in my house made from PVC [1] a couple of weeks ago and had determined to find out if the products are still being bottled in PVC or not. The hair gels are, so I sent them back to the company with a letter. No response yet. I can’t find the La Paila dulce de leche sauce in any stores around here (I think it was a close-out item at Grocery Outlet) so I’ve sent an e-mail to the manufacturer asking if the product is still bottled in PVC. And today, during my travels, I found Sun Luck toasted sesame seeds at Piedmont Grocery in a #5 polypropylene container. Since this company has already made the switch, I won’t bother sending the container back. Instead, it goes in my hazardous waste stash (per National Geographic’s Green Guide) waiting for the next time I visit our hazardous waste facility.

Local Deal: Speaking of Grocery Outlet, I was in there today looking for the dulce de leche sauce. I didn’t find the sauce, but I did find a huge stack of Desert Essence [2] calendula and lemongrass soaps wrapped in nothing more than a minimal amount of paper for 99 cents each. I can’t find this soap on Desert Essence’s web site, so I have a feeling it’s a discontinued item. If you want to stock up on a natural plastic-free soap, now’s your chance. I found these in the store on Broadway in Oakland. I don’t know if other Grocery Outlets carry it or not.

And now for the week’s tally:

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

  • 7 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
  • Cap from a 1-oz. container of McCormick ground red pepper. Using up and consolidating my spices this week.
  • Cap from a 1/2-oz. container of Trader Horn crushed red pepper.
  • Plastic ring from around the neck of a glass bottle of dried basil.
  • Plastic from a blister pack of Radio Shack AAA rechargeable batteries.
  • Plastic Avery labels package. I took the remaining labels out so I could tally the plastic and get it out of the way.
  • Plastic 5,000-ct box of Swingline staples. From now on, I’ll be getting staples packaged in a cardboard box.

Recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:

  • One-oz. bottle of McCormick ground red pepper (#5 plastic). I can recycle this in San Francisco at Michael’s office.
  • Half-oz. bottle of Trader Horn crushed red pepper (#5 plastic). I can recycle this one at Michael’s office too.

And that’s all the old stuff. Now for the new plastic waste.

  • Wrappers from two blocks of Loleta white cheddar.
  • 1 plastic cork from a bottle of Boissonneau Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Blanc. I have 2 bottles left. Once they’re gone, I’ll try to find only bottles with natural cork stoppers.
  • Plastic cap from a glass bottle of Straus organic whipping cream. Used for the Thanksgiving pumpkin soup. Mmmmmm!
  • Plastic label from a bunch of fresh spearmint. Bought for my latest mouthwash experiment. More on this later.

That’s it for the week.

And here’s some plastic I received this week and will be sending back. Intuit automatically sent me this year’s Turbotax software on CD, along with a bonus CD of financial something-or-other. But Turbotax is available for download. So I’ll be returning these CDs with a note asking Intuit not to send me anymore automatic plastic through the mail.

Have you all checked out Burbanmom’s web site, Going Green [3]? She’s been sending things back, too. And writing letters to the editor. Let’s make this a trend!

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[1] four bottles in my house made from PVC: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/11/target-multi-pure-my-cupboards-and/

[2] Desert Essence: http://www.desertessence.com/

[3] Going Green: http://burbanmom.blogspot.com

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