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Sickness: Not so eco-friendly, actually. Year 2, Week 23 Results: 8.4 oz of plastic waste.

Posted By Beth Terry On November 23, 2008 @ 6:04 pm In Plastic Tally 2008-12-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 22 Comments

I haven’t acquired this much new plastic waste (by weight) since August 24, week of the holey polar fleece blanket [1].

I started feeling crappy late Sunday night. Wednesday morning, I woke up with a fever of 102°F. As it climbed rapidly over the next hour, I was a quivering mess of chills and aches, barely able to think or even dress myself. Michael took off work to help me get to Kaiser, where a chest X-ray revealed pneumonia.

I returned home with a bag of plastic bottles (not included in this week’s tally because I’m still working on them) and collapsed on the couch, begging the husband before passing out, “Please get me some Chinese soup from Becky’s. And I don’t care if they put it in plastic.” (Grammarians, was that a dangling modifier?)

And boy, did I ever end up with plastic, as you’ll see in the tally below. All new plastic waste:

  • 4 plastic soup containers & 4 lids. We ordered 1 large won ton soup and 1 large hot & sour soup. We didn’t realize that large meant LARGE.
  • 4 plastic bags, 1 around each soup container. And they were necessary too because the containers leaked like crazy. Wondering why Becky’s doesn’t find a more effective way to package soup. As I recall, those cardboard cartons didn’t used to leak. And I’m not even worried about what could have been leaching from the plastic into the hot soup. When you’re too sick to stand up, you have other priorities.
  • Kaiser ID bracelet from the Radiology department. I don’t know why the bracelet was necessary. When I get other types of X-rays (mammography, etc.) I don’t receive a bracelet. But this chest X-ray was performed in the hospital itself, where perhaps ID bracelets are standard procedure.
  • 1 blister pack of Azithromycin antibiotic tablets & 2 blister packs of pain meds.
  • 2 plastic trays & 1 plastic wrapper from a new HP print cartridge. This was from Monday afternoon — before hell broke loose. Office Max kept my old print cartridge to return to HP for recycling.
  • 1 plastic wrist band from the SF Green Festival. Should have been included in the tally last week.
  • 1 plastic seal from around the neck of a glass bottle of Frontier fair trade vanilla extract. I opened this one on Monday to make homemade chocolate syrup. Will post the recipe this week.

Being sick has been less than ecologically kind in the paper department as well. I used up the few actual Kleenex tissues I had left in the house and then went through a roll and a half of Seventh Generation recycled toilet paper. Cloth handkerchiefs just don’t cut it in these situations.

Is this too much information? Just wait until I tell you about our cat litter fiasco! And I have not forgotten about the Contest [2]. I plan to write about the SF Green Festival tomorrow.

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