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Monthly Archives: December 2007

December 11, 2007

The Sounds Of Silence

I’m in slo-mo this week after my long weekend retreat. That’s okay. It’s more than okay, actually. Most of our modern lives tend to be Rush Rush Rush, and as I’ve mentioned before, when I’m rushing is when I stop paying attention and end up doing the most harm to the planet.

Green As A Thistle’s Vanessa Farquharson is making one “green” change per day for a year. Last month, on Day 254, her green change was to regularly take some time out to sit and be still, with no distractions including TV, radio, music, or anything else but her own breath. One commenter wrote: How is this a “green” change. I really enjoy reading your blog everyday, but I must say that some of your changes are weak at best.

To me, this change is not only not weak, it comes before all others. What I learned on retreat (where there was no Internet, TV, radio, or even talking outside the group dialogs in the meditation hall) is that the garbage… Read the rest

December 10, 2007

Week 25 Results: 12.8 oz of plastic.

Back from my retreat and so grateful that I have a beautiful place to go and supportive people to be with for a few days to recharge. More on that tomorrow. I’m still in retreat mode, so this post will be brief.

I mentioned that the plastic this week would be a doozy, and I wasn’t kidding. I went through drawers and cupboards searching for unnecessary plastic packaging to add to this week’s tally. Next Sunday will be the 6-month anniversary of Fake Plastic Fish, and I’d like to start out as cleanly as I can for the next 6 months. So here we go:

Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began: Plastic from a blister pack of emery boards. Discovered during the great cosmetics purge last week.

Plastic from a nail buffer file blister pack. See above.

Plastic from an eye liner blister pack. Above, again.

Plastic from a lip color blister pack. Again, the purge, above.

2 Kleenex pocket packs. These are the… Read the rest

December 6, 2007

I think we all do that sometimes

Beth is away at a three-and-a-half day meditation retreat. She goes on these about twice a year, at a convent in Marin County called Santa Sabina, and they’re very good for her, if only because she spends a large part of the time she’s supposed to be meditating sleeping, and she desperately needs some sleep after staying up till dawn most days writing this blog.

In her absence, I’ll be writing today’s post. Who am I? Her husband, Michael. If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you’ll have seen mention of me. I also comment fairly frequently under the name “terrible person”, which is a name I used to use on a local BBS back in the 90’s. This was actually where Beth and I first encountered each other and attracted each other’s interest. You’ve got to hand it to a woman who would be interested in a guy who calls himself “terrible person”. But then, you should have seen… Read the rest

December 6, 2007

I’m tired of all these *$%^# plastic bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s confession time again. I am sick and tired of washing out plastic bags. To get them really clean, you have to scrub and rinse all four sides. And then they take forever to dry, even with this handy Bag-e-Wash plastic bag dryer.

The thing is, in my August 28 post, I said one of the Fake Plastic Fish guidelines was to “reuse existing plastic as many times as possible before throwing it away or recycling it.”

And to make matters worse, in my September 17 post, I bragged about how “some of my best friends are plastic bags,” discussing all the handy things that we can do with them instead of tossing them out for recycling. That was the infamous “tea party” post.

And while I still don’t believe that plastic bags are evil, I can’t say they’re my best friends anymore either. I procrastinate washing them out because it’s tedious work (and uses a lot of water, too), and then I end up with a sinkful… Read the rest

December 5, 2007

Thinking about cosmetics sooner than I’d planned…

This is the makeup bag I carry around in my backpack or purse. I know I said a week ago I’m a low maintenance kinda girl and rarely wear any makeup at all. I just carry this stuff around in case the need arises, like an unexpected group photo at work or a special night out with Michael (to whom I’ve been married for 3 years as of yesterday!) It’s all plastic, of course, but I bought it all before I decided to go plastic-free and figured it would take me so long to use it all up, I wouldn’t have to worry about finding plastic-free alternatives for quite some time.

And look at this drawer full of plastic. It’s the makeup drawer in my bathroom. Don’t know how a low maintenance girl ended up with so many pots and trays and tubes and bottles. A few of these things I’ve had since the early 90’s. The only time this drawer gets opened is for Halloween or the occasional 80’s dance party, when even Michael will wear a little… Read the rest

December 3, 2007

Week 24 Results: 1.9 oz of plastic

Looks like this is my lightest week yet. But next week, the plastic weight might go up again in anticipation of the 6-month anniversary (semiversary?) of Fake Plastic Fish, which is two weeks away. There is still so much plastic in my house! I may just go through every closet, drawer, cupboard, and cubby and pull the plastic packaging off of anything I possibly can. I’d like to start out the next 6 months as cleanly as possible.

So, here’s this week’s tally:

Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began: 4 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).

2 prescription bottle caps. See below.

Plastic bag containing a wall coat hook. Found it in the hardware drawer. Until now, never opened and used. I’m going to attach it to the side of the new bookcase I bought this weekend. More below.

Plastic bag from a pair of AquaJogger ankle cuffs. Okay, the plastic bag is just the tip of the … Read the rest