3.1 oz Plastic Waste [3.1 oz new/0 oz acquired prior to June 2007]
2010 is over! It’s a new year, a new blog name, a new My Plastic-free Life Facebook page (Yes, if you are a fan of the previous Fake Plastic Fish Facebook page, please click the “Like” button on the new My Plastic-free Life page to continue seeing updates and just to show your support. You can “Unlike” the Fake Plastic Fish page to avoid duplicate updates for the next week or so.)
I’ll have a final tally for the year as well as summary of the successes and challenges of 2010 and big plans for 2011 in my next post. For now, here is the tally for December:
Beth’s December plastic waste collection
Plastic purchased before June 15 2007 and used up in the last month (0 oz):
- Nothing. This month, it’s all new plastic.
New plastic waste (3.1 oz):
- Plastic packing tape from package ordered from Etsy.com. Sometimes when I try to avoid a little bit of plastic, I end up with more than I would have. Before the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch event in November, I worried that my face would be shiny on camera and that I had no powder since I got rid of all my old toxic cosmetics way back and have never been able to find face powder without any plastic packaging. So, after a failure trying to make my own face powder using cornstarch and cocoa (more on that in a future post), I turned to Etsy and found a seller offering vintage metal compacts with the powder still in them. Never used! So I bit.Unfortunately, the powder arrived after I left for the conference and with so much plastic tape (I forgot to ask about the tape!), I would have probably been better off going for the Physician’s Formula Organic Wear face powder which comes in a compostable cardboard compact. I didn’t buy it because as I recall there was a little plastic window in the box.
Packing tape is my nemesis. You can read about plastic-free packing tape alternatives here. A commenter this week criticized me for advocating paper tape over plastic. Of course, I think it’s best to avoid all disposable packaging when possible! But given the choice, I choose paper because it’s biodegradable and you can find brands made from recycled content.
- Plastic packing tape a Christmas gift. I think this is the only holiday-related plastic I ended up with! But my birthday is next weekend. We’ll see if I get off scott free.
- Plastic packing tape from a book on plastic pollution. This year, I’m going to insist that if someone wants to send me something to review on this blog, they HAVE to use plastic-free tape to send it to me.
- Another big fat cheese wrapper. Like last month, I ended up breaking down once and opening a package of cheese that someone brought home, just like I did the previous month. It happens. I blame stress.
- Two vials of Frontline flea treatment for cats. Read about our flea dilemma here. I’ve gotten suggestions to try rubbing diatomaceous earth directly on the cats’ fur, but honestly, I don’t want to breathe that stuff, or allow my cats to breathe it.
- Four plastic envelope windows from financial institutions that don’t offer online banking yet. Learn about what plastic envelope windows are made from.
- Three prescription bottles and caps. One of the these was a prescription strength bottle of Ibuprofen I’d had for years and finally used up. 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.