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Year 2, Week 42 Results: .05 oz of plastic waste
Posted By Beth Terry On April 6, 2009 @ 10:07 am In Art Craft Office,Plastic Tally 2009-04-15,Weekly Results 2009 | 15 Comments
It was a pretty great week, plastickly speaking. But for some plastic envelope windows, I’d have had almost none. And speaking of envelope windows, various readers have suggested that they are made from glassine  and not really plastic. The full answer that while some envelope windows are indeed made from glassine (a paper product), others are made from polystyrene. And nowadays, a few envelope windows are made from compostable PLA. (Reference: http://www.powerofenvelopes.envelope.org/page/window_coverings/ )
The trouble is that you can’t always tell the difference. Some envelopes come printed with content information. For example, the Sierra Club’s mailings always state that the envelope is made from recycled paper and glassine and is fully recyclable. I don’t include those in my tally. But if this information isn’t provided, I have to assume they are plastic.
But what about the fact that recyclers accept the windows as well as the paper envelope? Don’t they recycle the plastic too? Um… no. They accept the plastic windows because they are easily separated from the paper during the pulping process, and the plastic washes away. But once again, there’s that question: Where is away? This is why I remove the plastic windows and add them to my tally.
For me, the biggest question is: Why do we need a window patch (as they are called by the envelope industry) at all? What’s wrong with empty windows? The mailings from Credo Long Distance have no window patch at all, and they arrive just fine.
Okay, end of envelope lecture.
Here’s the full tally for last week. It’s all new plastic waste:
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 glassine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glassine
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