October 29, 2007

Week 19 Results: 4.6 oz of plastic

It’s 3am, so I’m just going to try and make this short and sweet. Here’s the weekly tally:

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

  • 5 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
  • 1 cap from a bottle of Sunera canola oil. More info on this below.
  • Plastic from a blister pack of Duracell AAA batteries. As we use up disposable batteries, we’re switching to rechargeables. We still have some packages of AA’s, C’s and D’s left.
  • 1 Brita faucet filter cartridge. This is the last one. We’ve switched to MultiPure. More info on that below.
  • 1 wadded up ball of packing tape. Found while cleaning out a closet.

Recyclable items used up this week but bought before the project began:

  • 32-oz bottle of Sunera canola oil (#1 plastic). Most of our oil now comes in glass bottles. We use a lot of olive oil and have recently begun using Salute Sante grapeseed oil, which comes in a metal can, in place of canola oil. Grapeseed oil has a very mild flavor, like canola oil, but a much higher smoking point.

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

  • 1 wrapper from a block of Springhill Cheese Company raw white cheddar.
  • 1 wrapper from a block of Loleta Cheese Company organic sharp white cheddar.
  • 1 plastic cork from a bottle of Boissonneau Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Blanc. I have 4 bottles left. Once they’re gone, I’ll try to find only bottles with natural cork stoppers.
  • A bit of plastic from around the stems of a bunch of fair-trade organic bananas.
  • Shrink wrap from around a MultiPure water filter cartridge and plastic Ziploc bag of parts.

    Actually, there was more plastic than these two pieces, but I sent it back to the company with a note. The story is that I purchased the MultiPure filter kit in order to save plastic and also because, unlike Brita, these cartridges filter out the chloramine that is used to purify our water here in the East Bay. I figured I’d save plastic because first, the filter cartridge only has to be changed once a year, as opposed to every 2 months, and second, the only plastic on the cartridge are the two endcaps, unlike Brita in which the entire housing is made of plastic and is disposable.

    Unfortunately, the filter and cartridge arrived encased in 20 square feet of fresh, new bubble wrap! I called MultiPure to find out if in the future the cartridges could be shipped without bubble wrap and was told that this was impossible. So I found out the contact info for the person in charge of making those decisions and mailed the bubble wrap back to her with a letter. I’ll post the response if and when I get one.

Well, that’s it. To bed!

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terrible person
15 years ago

Hey, bubble wrap has a lot of uses — as a burglar alarm, for instance. You put it by the door, or the window, and if anyone sneaks in … they make a lot of noise, and wake you up, and startle themselves! (It’s a bit like the way Floyd Thursby, one of the bad guys in “The Maltese Falcon”, is described as putting crumpled newspaper around his bed when he sleeps to reduce the risk of someone sneaking up on him.)

When I get bubble wrap at work, I like to put it on the plastic sheet under my swivel chair, so that each time I push back from my desk, it makes a popcorn noise. This helps make up for the fact that in my office we are not allowed to make popcorn in the microwaves.

OK, really, I try to reuse the bubble wrap when I’m sending items to others.

har mar
15 years ago

OH you are so in trouble in my household…

i pester the boyfriend into buying a sink filter (the pur water kind)..and he was very hesitant to do so. i convince him and so he says okay. we get said water filter home and i cannot get it attached for the life of me. thus making me enlist the help of the boyfriend who also cannot get the thing attached. after much effort, many tools, and a half soaked counter, the filter gets attached half assed…the half assed part being that water leaks slightly from around the faucet. my half wet boyfriend, while glaring at me, stated im not allowed to bring home anymore “beth” ideas for at least a little while. heh. AND neither of us has even tasted the water yet in fear of getting a mouthful of yuck. but on a side note…the boyfriend DID ask me whether “beth” would appreciate the individually packaged chips i bought this weekend. and while i would say no, you wouldnt appreciate it, they are not JUST individually packed chips but they are portion controlled astroids and im trying to watch my weight! (OH and this post was just to give you a hard time. EVERYTHING in our household is a production!)