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Week 38 Results: 5.5 oz of plastic waste.

Posted By Beth Terry On March 9, 2008 @ 11:16 pm In pet care,Plastic Tally 2008-03-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 15 Comments

More kitty plastic this week. I gave up on the hypoallergenic food from the vet, which actually made them both sick, and fed them boiled chicken, white rice, and pumpkin this week. More on that in a future post. I also purchased a bottle of Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics [1], which of course comes in a plastic bottle.

The thing is, when it comes to Soots and Arya, I would do anything to help them feel better. These cats are pure, unconditional love. And I don’t mean that I think they love me or that I’m anthropomorphizing them. I mean that when I look in their faces, I get such a feeling of joy that I think I might understand a tiny fraction of what it feels like to be a mother. They can bite and scratch and poop on the floor and ruin the slippers I just finished knitting, and none of that matters.

So anyway, I cooked them chicken that we already had in the freezer in plastic packaging. I didn’t buy this chicken, and I wouldn’t have eaten it myself. But since we already had it, I figured it was better to use it up than to go out and buy new chicken. And even though it was probably purchased since I began the plastics project, I’m going to add it to the “Before” list since I didn’t buy it and it wasn’t originally intended for me. If I need more for them after this is gone, I’ll get it in my own container from the butcher counter at Whole Foods or one of the two local butcher shops in my neighborhood.

So, here’s this week’s tally. Items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began (or in this case purchased by my partner originally for himself):

  • 2 bags of Foster Farms skinless boneless chicken tenders. Fed to the kittens.
  • 1 Styrofoam tray & 1 plastic wrap from a package of Safeway chicken breasts. Also fed to the kittens.
  • 1 48-oz bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup & cap (#2 plastic). Finally finished this week. I got out the very last bit using Melanie’s [2] and Heather T’s [3] suggestion of filling up the bottle with milk and shaking to get out the last bit of chocolaty goodness. I’m planning to make chocolate syrup from scratch using this recipe [4].

New plastic waste:

  • 1 prescription bottle and cap (#2 plastic). As I’ve mentioned before, prescription bottles cannot be refilled by pharmacies legally in California.
  • 1 plastic seal and foam insert from the new bottle of Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics [1] for the kittens. I’m hoping this will help get their digestive systems back in shape.

So that’s my story for this week. All about cats and cat poop and cat food. Hopefully, I’ll find something more interesting for the non-catophile readers soon. But I can only report life as I live it, right?

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[1] Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics: http://www.cart4sites.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=animalessentials&Category_Code=Merr

[2] Melanie’s: http://bean-sprouts.blogspot.com/2008/02/frugal-hot-chocolate.html

[3] Heather T’s: http://makeabag.blogspot.com/

[4] this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/107781

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