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Year 2, Week 26 Results: 1.8 oz of plastic waste.

Posted By Beth Terry On December 15, 2008 @ 5:42 pm In Plastic Tally 2008-12-15,Weekly Results 2008 | 6 Comments

It’s raining and hailing and cold outside, and we still haven’t turned on our central heating. As I sit here in my one-piece footie pajamas (that I’ve been wearing all day), fuzzy slippers, and mug of hot tea, I’m just glad I don’t have to go out tonight. Oh, wait. I do. I have to go out to the ice skating party at the Embarcadero, hosted by Michael’s law firm. (Apparently, it’s not raining across the bay in San Francisco.) Um… on second thought, no. I’m staying in and writing up my plastic tally for last week.

Here it is!

Plastic used up this week that was purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 1 broken plastic slotted spoon. I’ve replaced it with a metal/wood version I found at a thrift store along with a few more wooden spoons for 25 cents each. As I’ve mentioned before, there still are quite a few durable plastic items in this house. When I made the decision to go plastic-free, the rule was no new plastic. But I didn’t toss all my old plastic items and replace them with new eco varieties. How earth friendly would that be?

    So, while I no longer store human food in plastic containers due to concerns of chemical leaching, I do still use some plastic kitchen utensils, measuring cups, etc. If/when they break, I find plastic-free, preferably second-hand replacements.

New plastic waste:

  • 1 plastic envelope window. Chase Rewards refund check. I guess I should send letters to my credit card companies asking them to forego plastic windows. If someone wanted to get my credit card number, a plastic window is not going to stop them. In fact, it didn’t stop them last week when that very thing happened. Waiting for a new credit card in the mail. *Sigh* More new plastic.
  • 1 kitty prescription bottle & cap. This one should have been included in the tally weeks ago after Arya had the pin removed from her leg.
  • 1 bit of plastic from the ends of a bunch of organic bananas.

Brrr… it’s chilly. Need hot cocoa. Plastic-free cocoa from the bulk bin at Rainbow Grocery. With sugar from the bulk bin at Whole Foods. Mmmm…

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