Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
- 3 hunks of packing tape from broken down boxes. Cleaning up for the kitties, I’ve been consolidating the contents of and recycling cardboard boxes.
- 1 piece of plastic wrap found in a box while organizing shelves.
- 1 air pillow also found in a box.
So that’s all the old stuff. Now for the new plastic waste.
- 4 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
- 1 plastic wrapper from a packet of 50 AMC movie tickets I bought as gifts for family members. I really thought the tickets would be completely plastic-free (aside from the fact that the movies themselves are basically plastic, a subject I covered in my Nov 28 post.)
- 1 bit of plastic from a bunch of organic fair-trade bananas.
- 1 piece of tape from a package of custom cloth pantiliners.
- Scotch tape from a couple of presents from work. These are the presents I opened and rewrapped without tape on Monday.
- 1 plastic catnip baggie from a Cosmic Catnip cardboard scratcher. I’ll post more about the supplies we’ve purchased/ obtained for our kitties and how we are minimizing the new plastic as much as possible.
- 1 bright red piece of plastic gift wrap and a Christmas ziplock bag. A gift from a co-worker: homemade pumpkin bread wrapped in foil, inside a holiday-pattern plastic bag, inside a big piece of red plastic. And here’s my question: how do I reuse the plastic wrapping without giving people the idea that I’m pro-plastic? And should I even pass this along to someone else or just add it to my plastic purgatory?
- And finally, 1 recycled plastic container of Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey furniture finish (#5 plastic). I wrote about this one on Wednesday. The container is 100% recycled polypropylene except for the metal rim, which I had to cut off with a saw and metal cutters, in order to recycle the plastic. Containers made from mixed materials are not recyclable unless you can separate the components. Without the metal rim, I’m hoping the plastic container will be accepted by San Francisco’s program. At least, it was not made from new plastic.
So that’s the plastic for this week.
More kitten photos and posts about our efforts to be low-plastic pet owners coming soon. Oh, and by the way, the kitties love Tina just a little too much!