This is the tally for last week. My company birthday lunch was on Wednesday, and I ended up with much less plastic than I feared. I requested a potluck lunch, rather than delivery from a restaurant, because I didn’t want to be responsible for a lot of disposable containers and because my office mate makes some of the best lasagne in the world. I have no idea how much plastic went into making the homemade foods, and I didn’t ask. The lunch was wonderful, and my co-workers set the table with cloth napkins and real silverware and glasses.
They also gave me mostly plastic-free gifts, which was also very nice. There were a few chocolate bars packaged in plastic: a 3-pack of Trader Joe’s bars that I returned to the store and exchanged for a plastic-free Scharffen Berger bar, and a few plastic-wrapped chocolate bars from See’s Candies which I’ll be exchanging when I’m in the city again this Monday. Other than that, the tiny amount of remaining plastic is included in this week’s tally:
- 5 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
- 1 bit of plastic from a bunch of organic, fair trade bananas.
- Scotch tape from a wrapped birthday present. My co-worker got me the book, It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Wasn’t that sweet?
- 1 small piece of bubble wrap and some scotch tape from a box of See’s candies. I didn’t realize there would be plastic bubble wrap in the box or I might not have opened it. All the other gifts I received came in plastic-free paper gift bags, which I will reuse.
- 1 Grafton Village Cheese Company 2-year cheddar cheese wrapper. I have two more small blocks of cheese to use up and then I won’t be buying more for a while.
- The infamous McDonald’s sundae cup and lid from my Hawai‘i trip. I wrote about this one a few days ago.
- 1 plastic bag from a thermal fuse used to repair my blow dryer. Yes, my dad was able to diagnose the problem and fix my hair dryer! So instead of chucking a big plastic appliance, I have only this small bag. Turns out, if I’d been more careful not to let the air vents get clogged up, I could have avoided the problem in the first place. Lesson learned about maintaining equipment so it doesn’t break. More on the dryer and how we fixed it in tomorrow’s post.