September 30, 2007

Week 15 Results: 3.4 oz of plastic

I really got the plastic down this week, thanks in part to Tess’s Trash Challenge, which ended for me yesterday. Here are the final results of the trash challenge, as well as links to the interview that Tess did with me.

And here’s the weekly plastic tally:

Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 9 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
  • 1 Act fluoride rinse cap and neck wrapper. See below.

Recyclable items purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 1 Act fuoride rinse bottle (#3 plastic). I sent an e-mail to Chattem, Inc., the company that makes this product asking why they use #3 (PVC) plastic for their bottles. PVC is one of the worst types of plastic. They responded that new Act bottles are being made from #1 (PETE), which is a much more benign plastic. I checked out a bottle at the drugstore and confirmed this to be true. I’m down to my last bottle and still have to decide if I want to continue using this. Do adults need supplemental fluoride? The jury is still out.

And that’s all the old stuff. Now for the new plastic waste.

  • 1 Safeway Organics cheddar cheese wrapper.
  • 1 plastic bag left on my doorstep containing the Rockridge phone directory. I e-mailed the company that publishes this and also left them a phone message yesterday. They’re local, so they should know not to distribute plastic bags in Oakland!
  • 1 Haig’s spicy hummus container & lid.

And that’s it. Here’s hoping that this coming week is even lighter!

Remind me to tell you about:

1) Working on the bottled water issue at the farmer’s market today

2) Talking to Jane Brunner’s assistant about recycling at the Rockridge Street Fair

3) The TMBG concert we are on our way to right now.

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When I was a kid, my Mom had my sister and me take little pink fluoride pills. And I have never had a cavity in my life, despite high sugar consumption. (OK, I have recessive gums, but that’s a different matter. I think.)

Well, it’s better than fluoride in the water, which saps and impurifies every one of our precious bodily fluids. Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk… ice cream. Ice cream — children’s ice cream. A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. Do you know when fluoridation first began? Nineteen hundred and forty-six. How does that coincide with your post-war corporate conspiracy, huh?

my mom’s a retired dental hygenist…she says no to the flouride. she doesnt use any and i cant really remember a time when she or my dad ever did (i did as a child!). as long as you do a GREAT job brushing and flossing it’s not really needed. i use it though because i do a crappy job brushing and flossing so i use the kid one that stains your teeth before you brush. :)

My dentist says yes, grown ups need a fluoride rinse, but who knows, really. The store brand I use comes in a #1 bottle.