The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
July 20, 2008

Year 2, Week 5 Results: 1.4 oz of plastic waste.

This post will be short because I want to get in a review of the Blogher Conference before retiring to the woods for my vision fast. So, here’s the tally:

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

  • 1 Ziploc bag. I’ve been using this bag for over a year, and finally it has a big hole in it and needs to retire. I’ve been using it to store bread, so far not having found a plastic-free way to keep bread fresh. I buy local bread that comes in a paper bag (like Acme Bread or Grace Baking Co) and then put the paper-wrapped bread into the Ziploc bag. Note to self: Ziploc bags and kitchen knives do not get along well together in the sink.

And the new plastic waste:

  • 1 outer wrapper from a case of Instinct canned cat food.
  • Tag hanger from a new broom. The rest of the broom is entirely plastic free. Check out the way I carried it home. Remind you of anyone?

  • 1 Refresh Endura single use eye drop container.
  • Blogher Conference name tag. Another piece of plastic that could have been avoided. I had planned to attend today’s Sunday session of the conference, at which I would have returned the name badge holder to be used again. Instead, I was too tired and stayed home today, so I have no way to return it. Ah well.

More on the conference in the next post.

7 Responses to “Year 2, Week 5 Results: 1.4 oz of plastic waste.”

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  2. Kellie says:

    Oh gawd, I just snorted out loud (I think “SOL” is already being used) at the picture of the broom bike. I’d be tempted to leave it on there permanently!

  3. Amy K. says:

    The bike/broom combo actually made me think “Harry Potter”

  4. lj says:

    My family has a bread drawer in our kitchen, and it keeps bread fresh for so much longer. Even a bread box might work. They make ceramic and metal ones. Not sure how much plastic packaging they’d come in, though.

  5. Clare-Dragonfly says:

    Oh my Goddess, I think I need to attach a broom to my bike now… I wonder if there’s a way to do that without defeating the main purpose for which I bought this bike, which was to be able to ride it in a long skirt…

  6. SusanB says:

    A couple of thoughts on storing bread: I have a 50’s (or earlier) era cake tray with domed lid that has a ceramic disc inside — works great for storing some breads (they show up in antique shops/etc. occasionally — aluminum with a wooden acorn knob). A little more flexible (including plastic so maybe not for you but reuseable and more durable than the ziplock), my secretary gave me a drawstring cloth bag lined with a plastic bag type liner that keeps french type breads perfectly and can be washed in the laundry and hung up to dry.

  7. Robj98168 says:

    LOL Yes. Now I am gonna have to start calling you Elmira GulchLOL I wish I could of seen youtaking that broom home.ROFLMFAO