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June 2010 Plastic Waste Tally
Posted By Beth Terry On July 5, 2010 @ 1:29 pm In Monthly Results 2010 | 23 Comments
Happy Summer everybody.
Plastic purchased before June 15 2007 and used up in the last month (1.1 oz):
New plastic waste (1.7 oz):
I just want to make one comment here about some of the plastic I end up with. For example, plastic headphones or plastic ink cartridges. If I were doing an experiment to see if I could live with zero new plastic for a month or a year, I could eliminate a lot more plastic than I actually do. I would probably live without printing anything once my print cartridge ran out. I would quit listening to music or audiobooks through headphones. I’d avoid any glass jars or bottles with plastic seals. I could give up these things because I’d know the experiment was temporary.
But Fake Plastic Fish is not a temporary experiment. It’s been my life for the last 3 years, actually. Living with as little plastic as possible is something I’m trying to sustain indefinitely. I don’t intend to never use my printer again or listen to my iPod, for example. Working to reduce our plastic consumption and to get companies to change their packaging doesn’t mean we have to give up everything we love all at once. It just means we have to make hard decisions about what things are really important to us and what conveniences are ultimately unnecessary.
Giving up everything made from or packaged in plastic all at once is the road to burnout and resentment and guilt. You do what you can, you realize you as an individual can’t do it alone, and then you start pushing companies and your government to make it easier for you. But in the meantime, you have to live in this world and do the best you can. That’s not to say that everyone is off the hook. No way. But it also doesn’t mean we all have to practice what Crunchy Chicken once referred to as “hair shirt environmentalism .”
Okay, that’s my spiel for today. I’d love to find out what plastic items you feel are necessary for you and what conveniences you can and are willing to give up, even if it’s kind of a pain. There’s a difference.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeplasticfish/4764515571/
 Lamy fountain pen: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/reducing-plastic-waste-in-workplace/
 Penguin soda maker: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/07/my-happy-penguin/
 various ink cartridge options: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/12/recycle-vs-refill-conversations-with-hp-cartridge-world-silo-ink/
 buying new headphones: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/06/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-plastic-free-blogger/
 plastic envelope windows: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/04/year-2-week-42-results-05-oz-of-plastic/
 hair shirt environmentalism: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/06/no-more-poo/comment-page-1/#comment-2762
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