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 plastic iceberg on this one. These ankle cuffs as well as the AquaJogger belt are made out of some kind of blue foam that helps you stay upright while doing water running in the pool. It’s actually kind of an amazing invention. But I have no idea what kind of plastic it’s made from. I almost don’t want to know. But okay, I’ll e-mail the company and ask.
Recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
- 2 prescription bottles (#5 plastic). I can recycle these at my office in Daly City. But first, I’m going to check and see if any veterinary offices can reuse them. Here in California, pharmacies cannot refill used prescription bottles by law. But I have heard that some vets will take them. It’s worth a shot. Reusing is always better than recycling.
And that’s all the old stuff. Now for the new plastic waste.
- 1 wrapper from a block of Spring Hill white cheddar.
- 1 wrapper from a block of parmesan cheese.
- 1 plastic cork from a bottle of Five Rivers Monterey County Chardonnay (2005). Won’t be buying this one again.
- 1 plastic cap from a glass bottle of Straus organic milk.
- 1 ziplock-type baggie that held the hardware for my new bookcase. Yes, I bought a new, locally-made wooden bookcase this weekend. We needed a solution for all the crap in our back hallway that is always precariously-balanced and threatening to collapse under its own weight. We’re in the process of kitten-proofing our house before the babies arrive! Tacking down loose cords. Getting stuff up off the floor. Trying to figure out what to do about the tempting fish tank (that holds real live fish, not fake plastic ones.) Any suggestions about areas to watch out for would be gratefully accepted!
That’s it for the week.
So, I had another “Duh!” moment this week. Plastic window envelopes contain plastic! While this should have been completely obvious, I’ve been tossing them into the recycling with the rest of the junk mail without a thought. Why? I don’t know. My brain just does that sometimes.
So I’ve started returning them from whence they came when they contain junk mail (and asking to be taken off the list.) And as for the few window envelopes that actually contain something I need, I’m going to reuse them for sending my own mail. Why not? Still, I frankly don’t understand the purpose of plastic windows. Plenty of window envelopes (like the ones from Working Assets) are made without any plastic, just an empty hole, and the mail seems to arrive in fine shape. Anyone know the purpose for the plastic window?