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Week 51 Results: 4.4 oz of plastic waste

Posted By Beth Terry On June 8, 2008 @ 7:52 pm In Plastic Tally 2008-06-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 17 Comments


Wow. I actually got my butt outside yesterday and did some heavy non-computer related labor. Finally planted the tomato seedlings that Jennconspiracy [1] brought me weeks ago. Hope they will live. I’ve been so tied to my desk chair that I let most of my outdoor potted plants in the roof garden sizzle and dry up. I rationalized my laziness as water conservation, which it actually was! We are officially in a drought here, and I can’t justify ornamental plants in pots on the hot roof. Also, we now have access to some ground in the front yard, so I can actually plant something useful like veggies.

I had about 20 little funerals (in my own mind) yesterday as I lugged each heavy terra cotta pot with its dead flower arrangement down to the front yard, dumped it out, hacked up the solidified potting soil with a trowel in order to reuse it, and deposited the dried up corpses into the green compost bin. I envisioned what each plant had looked like at its peak and felt a little sad. But then I looked around at all the flowering plants in my neighborhood and realized that if I just get out more, I have a huge garden to enjoy just by walking down the street!

Included in this week’s tally are some plastic items I came across while dismantling the roof garden and mantling (?) the new front yard garden, which at this point consists of 4 tomatoes plants and a whole bunch of dirt and compost. Oh yeah, more on the compost in tomorrow’s post.

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

  • 1 plastic bag of Black Gold organic potting mix. Still had about 1/4 of a bag left, so dumped it out into the front yard.
  • 8 plastic plant identification tags from deceased plants. I kept any tags that were blank on one side to reuse. These in the tally have printing on both sides.
  • 1 plastic case from a set of chopsticks. Found in the silverware drawer while putting dishes away.
  • 1 totally scrungy, funkified yellow/green sponge. I think I’ve eaked out every bit of life from this thing, and it’s time to let go. I have a few more funky synthetic sponges I’m using up before switching to the Twist natural cellulose/loofah versions [2] I bought at Whole Foods. (Don’t like dish rags, so please don’t try to convince me.)
  • Flexcar membership card. Flexcar was bought out by Zip Car and the card replaced with a brand new plastic Zipcard.
  • Tiny piece of scotch tape from something I can’t recall.
  • Little green plastic frog from one of my plant pots, half of which is now charred black. When I first started container gardening, back in the day, I thought it was cute to put little plastic critters in the pots. How this thing got charred is a mystery. Could the sun do that to plastic? Crazy. Another roof garden casualty.
  • A wad of electrical tape I pulled off some electronics this week while trying to figure out why the TV sound wouldn’t come on. A big waste.

New plastic purchased since the plastic project began and used this week:

  • Plastic outer wrapper from a 24-pack of Instinct canned cat food. No decisions in the pet food arena yet.
  • Outer seal from a 1/2 pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The second one from the parental visit.
  • 1 bit of plastic from a bunch of organic fair trade bananas.

One more week to go before the 1-year anniversary of Fake Plastic Fish!

My goal this week: 0 plastic waste. In this entire year, I have yet to complete a week completely plastic-free. But I’m determined that week 52 will be that week. To that end, I’ll be taking precautions. I’ve already tallied the cat food wrapper, and we won’t go through another whole case in a week. No one is to buy take out food for me. In fact, I won’t visit any restaurants that I haven’t already personally certified as safe from plastic. Maybe I’ll just avoid restaurants altogether. Also, no bananas this week, since I only buy the organic variety that come with plastic around the stems. I will not order anything through the mail. And I’ll put a sincere request out to friends and family: please, please, please no plastic this week!

I have an idea in mind for my Week 52 photo, but it will only work if there is no plastic.
 


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[1] Jennconspiracy: http://www.blogger.com/profile/16304420774638468362

[2] Twist natural cellulose/loofah versions: http://www.twistclean.com/loofahsponge/

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