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Week 32 Results: 3.7 oz. of plastic waste

Posted By Beth Terry On January 28, 2008 @ 1:55 am In Plastic Tally 2008-02-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 5 Comments


The weight is up a bit this week, but with only 6 items in the tally (I count container and top as two separate items) it’s the lowest number of plastic items yet.

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

  • 1 laundry detergent bottle (#2 plastic). I’m not sure what was in this container originally because it’s missing its label. I don’t need it right now, so it’s going into my stash, but I may reuse it if the need arises. As I mentioned before, I’m not actually recycling any plastic this year until I can make sure it’s not poisoning children in China [1].

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

  • 1 cap from the laundry detergent bottle.
  • 1 wrapper from a roll of Kirkland Signature paper towels. We have almost a whole case of these still and are trying very hard not to use them. We wipe the kitchen counters with cut-up rags and use cloth towels whenever we can. But we haven’t entirely graduated from paper. I’m hoping we can make our 1 case last for the next ten years.

Now for the new plastic waste:

  • 1 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop container (#4 plastic). Don’t know how I am managing to survive with so few eye drops applications these days, but I’m just grateful my corneas have been cooperating.
  • 1 Grafton Village Cheese Company 1-year cheddar cheese wrapper. I have one more small block of cheese to use up and then I won’t be buying more for a while.
  • 1 disposable ink cartridge from a Lamy fountain pen [2]. This was the original cartridge that came with the pen. I’ve now replaced it with a converter that allows me to refill it with ink from a bottle, so I won’t have any more of these cartridges to throw away. Here’s the original post where I wrote about these pens and ink [3].

And here’s a story about ACTUAL fake plastic fish in Australia [4]. Um… what’s a tuna toss? Can someone please explain this to me?
 


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[1] poisoning children in China: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/01/week-29-results-26-oz-of-plastic-making/

[2] Lamy fountain pen: http://lamyusa.com/fountain_main_alstar.php

[3] original post where I wrote about these pens and ink: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/reducing-plastic-waste-in-workplace/

[4] ACTUAL fake plastic fish in Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/2007/s2147902.htm

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