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Reducing Plastic Waste: April 2010 Collection Results
Posted By Beth Terry On May 3, 2010 @ 3:53 pm In Monthly Results 2010 | 21 Comments
Well, while I was away at my meditation retreat, the mice played around with my blog. The blog hacking mice. A Fake Plastic Fish reader sent an email to let me know that my home page was redirecting to a suspicious phishing site. And isn’t it lucky I was sneaking peeks at my email while I was supposed to be avoiding communication with the outside world? I’m just saying.
The good news is that my WordPress fixer dude guy got on it right away and cleared out the malicious code, so we are back in business. The bad news is that the Discussion Forum had to go. He thinks that is where the security hole might have been since the software used to create that forum had not been updated in a very long time. So I need to find a replacement. Fortunately, all your posts are saved. Unfortunately, it’ll probably take me a while to get through all the other important items on my “To-Do” list and start working on it.
Anyway, that’s one exciting thing that happened for me this weekend, besides the meditating and all. I can’t wait to read the comments you left while I was gone and jump into the discussion you had behind my back. But in the meantime, here is the monthly plastic tally.
Plastic purchased before June 15 2007 and used up in the last month (0.8 oz):
We’ve discussed how Arya likes to eat plastic , right? (Sigh) Michael and I have done everything to try and keep the ends of the Venetian blind cords from ending up between her teeth, and finally we gave up and replaced them all. I’m trying not to think about where the missing pieces of plastic tassel ended up. Anyway, a little online research revealed wood and metal alternatives to plastic tassels. FixMyBlinds.com  offers a few.
The wood ones seemed great to us, except they’re a buck a piece, and we have a lot of windows. Plus, after the mess both cats have made of our wood furniture, we thought it would be a little silly to invest in brand new wood tassels for them to gnaw up. The metal ones are hella expensive and come with a plastic ring to keep them from banging into the window, so those weren’t really an option for us either.
Finally Michael went out and picked up some cheap metal washers to attach to the ends. They’re heavy enough to keep the cords from flying around and light enough not to pose too much threat to the windows. The kitties love them, and everyone’s happy. We’ll replace them with wooden ones if/when we ever leave this apartment. It’s the very least we can do after the feline wreckage this apartment has been subjected to. (See? I’m conducting a little test right now to find out if my landlord reads Fake Plastic Fish.)
New plastic waste (4.7 oz):
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeplasticfish/4576283916/
 Arya likes to eat plastic: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/12/my-cat-eats-plastic/
 FixMyBlinds.com: http://www.fixmyblinds.com/tassels.html
 SwheatScoop: http://swheatscoop.com/
 dental hygiene: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/04/plastic-free-dental-floss-not-quite/
 plastic envelope windows: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/04/year-2-week-42-results-05-oz-of-plastic/
 purpose and history of plastic sushi grass: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ek20080115wh.html
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