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January 12, 2012

May – August 2011 Plastic Waste Tally

30.5 oz Plastic Waste [15.1 oz new/15.4 oz acquired prior to June 2007]

Beth Terry's May to August 2011 Plastic Trash Collection by Beth Terry, on Flickr

2011 was a busy year, and while I’ve been dutifully collecting my plastic waste, I’m just now getting around to posting it. Here’s the 2nd third of the year.

Beth’s May through August 2011 plastic waste collection

Plastic purchased before June 15 2007 and used up in May – August 2011 (15.4 oz):

  • 1 pair dead flip flops. These are completely worn out, as you can see in this photo, and I have finally found a great pair of Feelgoodz natural rubber flip flops in the right size. The old flip flops can be sent to Feelgoodz for recycling. Read more about Feelgoodz flip flops here.
  • 1 plastic spice bottle and lid. Still using up spices in plastic containers and filling glass jars from the bulk bins when I need to restock.
  • 4 packets bonito dried fish. We gave it to the cats as a treat, as it seemed I was never going to use it in a recipe.
  • 1 cracked acrylic bathroom cup. I keep a small glass in the bathroom now.
  • 1 tube Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and cap. I make my own facial mask with bulk bentonite clay. Read about my homemade mint julep masque.
  • Sally Hansen sugar wax tube and leg conditioner bottle with caps. Read about making homemade sugar wax that really works.
  • 1 bottled water cap. I bought a case of bottled water way back in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, and we have never opened the case. The water is no longer drinkable, of course, and we haven’t bought any bottled water in 5 years. But I used one bottle this year to try and make a wasp trap. It didn’t work too well. Anyway, I added the cap to my collection.

New plastic waste (15.1 oz):

  • 5 plastic labels. 2 labels from a block of butter wrapped in brown waxed paper, 1 label from glass bottle of mouthwash, 2 labels from soap I bought to try and brush my teeth. Read about the tooth soap fiasco here.
  • Two vials of Vectra flea treatment for cats plus plastic packaging.
  • 27 plastic envelope windows from various sources, including financial institutions that don’t offer online banking yet. Learn about what plastic envelope windows are made from.
  • Four prescription bottles and caps. Preserve’s Gimme5 program will accept the #5 bottles for recycling. But sadly, the state of California will not allow pharmacies to refill them, which would be the ideal solution to me.
  • Plastic bottle, cap, and foam seal from 1 bottle of BalanceIT cat food supplement. Read about our homemade cat food here.
  • Black polystyrene plate from BlogHer lunch. Read about how Amber Strocel and I were surprised by plastic plates and carried ours around with us during the BlogHer conference.
  • Three mystery plastic baggies. This is why I shouldn’t wait so long to post tallies. I can’t for the life of me remember what these were.
  • Two stickers from a box of Lush Toothy Tabs. Read about this nearly plastic-free alternative to toothpaste.
  • Four Bandaids. It’s been a year for cutting myself — accidentally.
  • One unwanted plastic straw. Plastic straws do happen to the best of us sometimes when we’re not on our toes.
  • 1 clamshell package from a pair of Etymotic High Fidelity earplugs. Andrea, a reader of this blog, convinced me to buy special earplugs for concerts to prevent injuring my hearing, after I wrote about not needing earplugs. I tried them. They are plastic and come in plastic packaging, but I thought of them as a medical expense. And they did work. Sadly, I ended up taking them out during the Muse concert in Golden Gate Park in August because… I just wanted to HEAR LOUD MUSIC. I’m sorry. I’ll regret destroying my ears in a few years probably.
  • Wrist band. From the Outside Lands music festival in which I destroyed my eardrums to Muse.
  • Four expired credit cards. This year was one credit card fiasco after another. I don’t feel like going into the details.
  • Plastic window and 3 plastic twisties from cardboard package of thinksound headphones. Read about PVC-free thinksound headphones here.
  • Six plastic air pillows and 3 plastic baggies from replacement mobile phone. My Credo Mobile Phone bit the dust and had to be exchanged. The replacement phone was shipped with plastic packaging. I couldn’t get around it. Read about getting refurbished cell phones instead of new.
  • Three plastic seals from glass bottles. Don’t remember what the products were.
  • 1 shipping label pouch. Don’t remember.
  • 3 plastic tear strips from cardboard and paper mailers.
  • Packing tape from 8 different packages. This year I promise to get better at insisting on NO PLASTIC TAPE. This mostly happens when vendors want to send me products to review on this blog. If they can’t send it without plastic tape, then I don’t want it.
  • 1 plastic-tipped toothpick from sandwich.
  • 1 tiny blister pack for replacement battery for digital scale. The scale I use to weigh my plastic waste and for making homemade cat food.
  • 3 plastic wine corks. I mostly keep track of which wines have plastic stoppers, but these surprised me.
  • 1 plastic baggie from part needed to fix rice cooker. Read about how I fixed my rice cooker instead of replacing it.
  • 1 plastic wrapper from Japanese ear pick. I bought an ear pick as a reusable alternative to cotton swabs for cleaning my ears. I still haven’t figured out how to use it.
  • 1 plastic blister pack for micro USB cable. I tried to find a micro USB cable secondhand to no avail. I have mini USB coming out my butt but micro USB was knew to me.
  • Six plastic caps from glass bottles. Oil, vinegar, etc.
  • Two plastic neck threads from glass bottles of olive oil. We usually buy olive oil from the bulk bin, but Whole Foods gave us a couple of bottles for free.
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