The plastic is up off the floor and onto the table, thanks to a couple of curious kitties. Christmas is over, and so is the year, almost. Here’s the weekly tally, which includes all the rest of the plastic packaging from the holidays except for one notable exception. In order to keep peace in the family, I’m not showing or mentioning or including a particular group of packages from one person that arrived thoroughly covered in and filled with plastic. After agonizing for a few hours, I finally allowed Michael to just take it all to work and share it with his co-workers. And except for writing this paragraph, I’m pretending it never existed.
So here’s the tally:
Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began:
- 3 plastic cable ties I removed while organizing for the kitties.
- Plastic lid from a box of holiday cards I used up this year. Next year, I’ll make my own greeting cards from recycled card scraps. But this year, I still had a partial box to use up.
- 1 cap from a can of Resolve carpet spot remover foam. Now that this is gone, I’ll be experimenting with natural products for removing carpet stains. Non-plastic suggestions?
Now for the new plastic waste.
- 4 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic).
- Plastic shrink wrap from a box of Refresh Endura eye drops. See above.
- Plastic from a blister pack of metal gate hooks. We have too many doors in this old apartment that won’t stay shut by themselves, doors that need to stay shut now that the kittens are here. So we had to give in and buy a little plastic-packaged hardware to keep them and our computers safe. Some hardware I’ve been able to find used and unpackaged at places like Urban Ore and Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley. But not these hooks, unfortunately.
- 1 plastic cork from a bottle of Yellowtail cabernet sauvignon. Enjoyed with friends at a Christmas party.
- 1 plastic cork from a bottle of Boissonneau Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Blanc. There is just one more bottle left from this case.
- 1 cap from a glass bottle of Straus organic nonfat milk.
- 1 neck wrapper and plastic pull tab from a bottle of Spectrum almond oil. More on this in a future post. This was the one bit of plastic I used in a homemade hand lotion experiment.
- 1 plastic shipping label envelope from a Christmas gift delivery.
- 2 pieces of plastic packing tape, also from a Christmas package delivery.
- 1 small piece of bubble wrap and a plastic bag which, ironically, contained corn-based packing “peanuts.” The company that shipped this box of chocolate bars, a nice Christmas gift from one of my sisters, did several confusing things. First, they shipped the bars in a box way bigger than necessary for a few chocolate bars. In a seeming attempt to be environmentally friendly, they filled the box with corn-based packaging material (It actually smelled like cornflakes!) but they stuffed the corn puffs into a regular plastic bag and added a sheet of plastic bubble wrap for good measure. Hmmm…. This would be the kind of thing I’d send back to the company, but at the moment I’m just too tired from chasing kittens and dealing with holiday hangovers to deal with it. Next year!
Yes, maybe I’ll sit down and come up with a few resolutions for next year. Make a plan. Get organized. Or maybe I’ll just keep charging ahead on my plastic-free quest in the totally random way I started. One thing’s for sure. I need to sleep more. Good night for now.