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June 1, 2010

May 2010 Plastic Waste Tally

 

5.3 oz Plastic Waste [3.5 oz new/1.8 oz acquired prior to June 2007]

Beth's plastic waste - May 2010

I’ve had very little sleep in the last few days, so this post is going to be short and sweet.  Here’s the plastic collection tally for the month of May.

Beth’s May plastic waste collection

Plastic purchased before June 15 2007 and used up in the last month (1.8 oz):

  • Plastic bag found stashed in the back of a closet. Yeah, I see you plastic bag.  You can’t hide from me.
  • Yet another set of broken ear phones. No one will fess up to it, but we all know that a certain cat eats plastic.  I’m just saying.
  • Broken plastic hair band. This one’s my fault.  As soon as I stepped on it I heard my mom’s voice: Hair bands don’t belong on the floor, do they?
  • Plastic lip balm container. I have about 3 more of these that I bought way back before June 2007.  Shows how often I use lip balm.  But once they are gone, I’ll switch to Organic Essence’s plastic-free lip balm tube.
  • Used up ballpoint pen. I mostly use pencils and a Lamy fountain pen, but I still find these around the house.

New plastic waste (3.5 oz):

  • Bottle of BalanceIT cat food supplement, cap, scoops, & foam insert. This is the supplement we go through every two months for our homemade cat food.  I’ve written to the company several times asking that they not include new scoops in the bottle, and I have yet to hear back from them.  Will have to make a phone call.
  • Plastic cap and threads from a glass bottle of cooking oil.
  • Plastic package label. This was from a product sent me for review, which will be coming up in a future post.
  • Plastic label from glass bottle of Dental Herb Company Tooth and Gum Tonic. I wrote about this product in my review of less plastic dental products.
  • Plastic neck seal from new bottle of tooth and gum tonic.
  • Plastic baggie from EcoDent dental floss. See above link.
  • Plastic insert from inside a cap. Sorry, I don’t remember what this is.
  • 4 plastic envelope windows.Learn about what plastic envelope windows are made from.
  • 2 Frontline flea treatment vials. I wrote about the plastic-free natural flea treatment dilemma last month.
  • Plastic package from new nut driver tool. If you are my Facebook friend, you know about the stinky dishwasher problem we faced last month.  The problem is solved, and I think I’m actually going to write a post about it this month because the issue is not completely unrelated to plastic.  But suffice it to say, we needed a tool we didn’t have to remove bolts on the dishwasher.  We debated borrowing a tool or looking for one used, but the situation was kind of dire, and we figured we will use this many more times, so we sprang for a new one.

Okay, hoping to get more sleep tonight, but not counting on it because I just received a very dangerous piece of information last night. Instead of waiting several days for each new Lost DVD to show up from Netflix (after cutting my subscription down to 2 at a time) I can watch them streaming online. Oh dear. Willpower, where are you?

And a warning: If you spoil my fun by telling me about the ending to the show Lost, I will hunt you down and… and… well, you’ll just see. I’ll be very mad. For real. Because so far, it’s awesome. Unlike the Sex and the City 2 movie I saw last night that made me so mad I wrote several big rants on Facebook and will probably continue to rant about it for several more days. I’m nothing if not obsessive. And opinionated.

Still wanna be my friend? :-)



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10 comments
Brittany
Brittany

Still working on eliminating plastic, it's first getting my hubby completely on board, for the most part he is but sometimes he forgets and buys a plastic bottle or two.. But on the other hand, he has agreed to buy me a composter I am so excited!

Danielle
Danielle

Completely unrelated to plastic... LOST was fantastic. I can't believe you haven't watched it yet... BEST ending ever.... yet, I'm so sad that it's over... I'm so ready to start at the beginning and watch it marathon style... hmmm... how long would that take!?! Look forward to hearing your very opinionated rants ;) .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Repurpose and Reuse Cereal Bags =-.

Sean Null
Sean Null

Ah thanks for the shaving link! Oh well. I dunno what to do with all these wrappers. I really wish our bizness leaders cared more about people than profits. I am all for community based economies where you don't need a ten month shelf life on pasta which requires plastic.

graceonline
graceonline

That's impressive. You are my role model. Wow. It's maddening how difficult it is to avoid plastic. We've only been focusing on this a few months, and even when we finally find a source, such as organic extra virgin olive oil in a glass bottle, for example, there's two to three pieces of plastic in the lid! Daunting task. I fear it will be years before I eliminate the plastic from my house, and then I have to wonder: Where will all it end up? I understand it floats to the top in landfills. What gods and religions will the archeologists ascribe to us when they dig in our dumps five thousand years from now? .-= graceonline´s last blog ..War on Garbage: It's the little things =-.

Sean Null
Sean Null

Oh geeze, forgot to mention a major brand of chips is now in compostable bags! Only ones I buy now. .-= Sean Null´s last blog ..I've Been Away =-.

Sean Null
Sean Null

Broken Plastic Hairband. You made me laugh! :-) Things like window covers for envelopes, ramen noodle packages, chip bags etc... I have been putting with returnable plastic shopping bags and returning them to the recycling centers at stores. I try as much as I can but I am so broke there are times that I have to buy such items. I'm hoping that they get recycled along with the bags somehow, but most likely not as the bags themselves most likely don't get recycled (I overheard a cashier at a market say such one time). I have moved to an old school razor from the 60's a few years ago. The kind with the double edged blades (difficult to locate anymore) and no longer contribute plastic via shaving utencils. Every little bit helps.

Lara S.
Lara S.

Your plastic-eating kitty came to my mind this afternoon when a friend of mine told me that she had several baby hamsters, and they were so small that they kept escaping through the floor of the cage. So her dad put a piece of rug under the cage. The baby hamsters ate it and they all died. :( Headphones always tend to break easily though, specially the cable. I always end up having to move the cable in different ways until the sound comes out of both ears. I think they're simply "designed for the dump", as Annie Leonard says.

David McKay
David McKay

I have such a long way to go! I have been saving/collecting the plastic that comes into my life. It is difficult, and I despair at times, but I am trying. I am using my last roll of plastic wrap; I found three disposable razors from a year and a half ago that I am using to the last grimace; food storage is really high on my list. I started thinking of plastic grocery bags and water bottles. That was easy. But plastic is everywhere! It is crazy how much there is when you actually start seeing it. I am going to have to dig through your blog to glean some useful tips to help me before the razors threaten my life and the leftovers in my fridge grow legs. . . .-= David McKay´s last blog ..BP Oil Disaster and Plastic. =-.

Tracey
Tracey

Dear friend, When I encounter non plastic packaging with plastic/vinyl labels, I just throw my hands up. What are you people thinking? Or is thinking too strong a word? I use easily soak off 100% recycled paper labels printed on a laser jet I got for $100. If I can do it, so can ANYONE. *sigh* .-= Tracey´s last blog ..Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance =-.

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Sean, I'm sorry to say I don't think that the plastic film you include with your bags (ramen wrappers, envelope windows) are getting recycled. First of all, the bags don't get recycled into new bags but into things like Trex lumber. And the companies that do the recycling need the feed stock to be as pure as possible, meaning all the same kind of plastic. Even the same number (#4 plastic, for example) doesn't mean the films are the same because they all have different additives. As for razors and blades, David and Sean, please check out my shaving post and especially the link for my razor blade source! http://fakeplasticfish.com/2007/08/plastic-free-shaving-part-1/

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