It’s Fake Plastic Fish’s 2-Year anniversary of collecting trash. Plastic trash. I’m planning to change things up a little after today, but here is the tally for the last two weeks.
Plastic used up this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
- 1 bottle Woolite plus cap. We’ve had this bottle for over two years and finally used it up. It will not be replaced. I’ve got info on plastic-free laundry products coming up in a blog post this week.
- 1 bottle of Shout stain remover plus sprayer. Just like above, we’ve had this stuff for over two years and finally used it up. Will write about plastic-free stain removal this week as well. And I plan to reuse this bottle for the homemade air freshener I’m going to make when our current bottle of natural citrus air freshener runs out. (That bottle unfortunately can’t be refilled.)
- 1 nasty chewed up synthetic sponge. We are using up a few more synthetic sponges for yucky jobs, but mostly use Skoy cloths now. See link below for info on Skoy.
- 1 travel size bottle of hairspray plus sprayer. I don’t use hairspray anymore and haven’t since reading about all the toxic chemicals in personal care products (see below). But this has been sitting in the cabinet and I used it up this week trying to get paint off a sweatshirt. (It didn’t really work.)
- 1 used up ball point pen. I mostly use pencils and a refillable fountain pen. (Info on fountain pen below.) But I’ll still grab the occasional disposable pen from our stash when I need something fast, and this one died this week.
- 1 plastic bag of Trader Joe’s walnuts. Yes, this had been sitting in our freezer for over two years, and Michael finally added it to some banana bread last week. We now buy nuts from the bulk bins at Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl with our own containers.
- Plastic window from a box of cheap steel wool soap pads. I hate these things and rarely use them because they rust so fast. We finally used them up this week. I now use Chore Boy copper scrubbers instead, which come in a cardboard box with zero plastic and last a much longer time.
New plastic waste:
- 7 plastic envelope windows. From Financial West Group (4), ING Direct, Franchise Tax Board, & GE. One of the Financial West Group envelopes is a proxy voting ballot for Winslow Green Funds, which now offers all their paperwork electronically. So I have made the switch this week and should have reduced this paper/plastic by at least one. The GE mailing list is another one I can remove myself from. Everything else is unavoidable at this point.
- 2 plastic wrappers from Financial West Group. These are those biodegradable plastic wrappers I talked about a few weeks ago. One is from Winslow Green and shouldn’t come anymore. They are both made from petroleum-based plastics, so are added to the tally. Follow the link below to learn more.
- Timing chip & 2 plastic ties from Bay to Breakers . These should have been added to the tally last time, but I forgot to take it off of my shoe. More on plastic running chips below.
- Plastic packing tape. From a case of wine I received from a friend.
- Piece of tape from a bar of handmade soap. Another of the bars we bought in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago.
- 2 doses of Frontline flea treatment for the cats. Read about the Frontline saga below.
So, I end Year 2 with a bang. Next week begins Year 3. But I don’t think I’m going to post a tally every week. As you’ve seen, I haven’t actually been doing it weekly for the last couple of months, and I’d like the flexibility to post other kinds of things on Mondays. But I still think the tally is useful and valuable. So I’m going to switch to a monthly report. I’ll still collect it all, but I’ll only post it here once a month.
How are you guys doing on your own plastic challenges ? A few more people have added their tallies to the Challenge Web Site . Please visit and give them your feedback!