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I will definitely add it to my list. I have a large list of movies/books I "should" watch/read so I don't know when I will actually get to it but it will be on the list. The problem with fast food for me is that I can't go to the store and buy just $1 worth of stuff to make a hamburger. I can go and buy the ingredients and it might actually end up costing me less than a $1 in the long run because with what I do buy I can make much more than a single burger. At the time right before a paycheck I don't have the money to go spend on a whole bunch of burgers or I can't feasibly spend that money even if I do have it because I don't want to eat only hamburgers until I do get paid.I think it is something I can try and cut back on but it will take more planning on my part and I am not such a good planner, it's all there and I know I need to do it but I just don't because I spend so much time worrying and thinking about it I no longer have the energy to act on it. As long as I don't make it more of a habit I can live with it the way it is now.
Vanessa, you're right about it being #7! Suddenly, I remembered that I had put a similar bottle into my tally. And it too was #7. I even wrote about my same confusion about the soy sauce bottle over a year ago here:http://www.fakeplasticfish.com/2008/03/week-39-results-43-oz-of-plastic-waste.htmlThe new film Food Inc (http://www.foodincmovie.com) talks about the fact that fast food costs so much less than fresh food because of how it's subsidized. I highly recommend it if you have a chance to see it.
It has a 7 on the bottom. I was as equally surprised. I checked it a million times. I have already thrown it out, I have not been holding onto any of this stuff for longer than it takes me to photograph all of it but next time I am at the store I will look at the bottle again. I see a lot of 7's that I wouldn't think they are 7's, the plastic that gerber baby food was in had a 7 on the bottom, recently there has been no number on the cups. I don't have a baby, we use baby food at work when we run out of other foods so it's not a regular thing I look at and sometimes we do buy the glass bottles. I thought I used a lot more plastic than this and I thought a lot more of it was things I could easily avoid, but I guess all the small changes I have made in the last year or so have made a difference. Mostly due to the store that we now shop in with its bulk bins and it doesn't carry as much plastic items as you would find in a big store. I just really need to cut back on fast food but that seems to be directly related to money and the time right before a pay check when we don't have a lot and although it would probably be cheaper to make our own food I think the stress and anxiety surrounding our financial situation drives us to fast food as a "comfort" food.
Are you sure that shoyu bottle is #7? #7 is usually either polycarbonate, which is very hard plastic like Nalgene bottles, or else compostable plastic. That bottle looks like #2 to me. I'll bet it can be recycled. Want to recheck?So, is there anything in particular you learned from collecting your plastic in week #3? I'm so glad you're doing this challenge for multiple weeks!