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Week 48 Results: 5.9 oz of plastic waste
Posted By Beth Terry On May 19, 2008 @ 2:33 pm In Contests and Giveaways,Plastic Tally 2008-06-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 22 Comments
Sunny is the winner of last week’s contest to answer the question of why organic bananas come with a little piece of plastic around the stems but non-organic bananas do not. She wrote:
Beth, from this website (http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm ) I think it’s to prevent mold.
“Organic bananas now come from wholesalers with a sticky plastic wrapping the cut stem to protect the bananas from a black mold. The mold is controlled on non-organic bananas by dipping the cut ends in a fungicide.”
I wanted to check out this answer for myself before awarding the prize, so I sent an email to Dole’s customer service asking the question, and they responded thus:
To: Beth Terry
Subject: Dole Contact Us Response, Reference #001147431A
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 17:57:49 -0400
Dear Ms. Terry,
Thank you for contacting us. The plastic cover seals the surface of the cut-crown on the top of the cluster to protect the quality and the health of the crown. The air-tight parafilm seal helps maintain the products freshness and quality appeal.
We appreciate your interest in Dole Food Company. We’re glad to provide the information you requested and hope it is useful.
It’s been a pleasure to help you.
Dole Consumer Response Staff
001147431A / DCR/cl
From Dole’s answer and from Sunny’s research, it sounds like the plastic is used on organic bananas because they can’t be dipped into the usual chemicals that regular bananas are dipped in. Michael says he once heard, in fact, that you shouldn’t peel a non-organic banana and then touch the inside fruit with your hands because the pesticides will rub off onto the fruit you are going to eat. Scary, huh?
All right, here’s last week’s tally. It’s a big one! Items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
New plastic waste purchased and generated last week:
So what do you think? We’re feeding them cat food from all these cans every day, cans which are lined with BPA and which must be recycled. We can’t feed them dry food because every time we try they get diarrhea, no matter what brand. (And believe me, we have tried many many brands, including Pet Promise, Wellness, Instinct, Nutro, Hills, and others.) I’d like to make their food, but the nutritionist has me worried that I might not give them everything they need. I’m at a stand-still at this point.
That’s it for last week. Can’t wait to show you the pictures from yesterday and break some more exciting news from the Take Back The Filter  campaign!
P.S. Michael broke his last year’s Bay to Breakers record with a time of 55:29! He placed 582 out of 22,439 finishers! I was not one of those finishers, as our little group made a detour at around Mile 6 and headed for the costume contest and Polish sausages. We all have different priorities, right?
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URLs in this post:
 http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm: http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Plasticizers/Out-Of-Diet-PG5nov03.htm
 Hey Mr. Green: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/05/in-sierra-clubs-book-hey-mr-green/
 Ridley plastic bag carrier: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/05/let-me-be-your-guinea-pig-please/
 Take Back The Filter: http://www.takebackthefilter.org
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