April 20, 2008

Week 44 Results: .8 oz of plastic waste.

  1. Another week. Earth Day is coming up in two days. Honestly, I’ve never paid it much attention. I didn’t begin Fake Plastic Fish until June of last year. In the past, I’ve probably felt like Earth Day was a nice idea, but not much more. This year, Earth Day holds more significance for me. But I don’t have anything special planned except to continue with what I’m already doing… blogging here, being mindful of my plastic and other waste, and continuing with the “Take Back The Filter” campaign. At the end of this post, I’ll announce the winners of the children’s book drawings. In the mean time, here’s the weekly tally:

Items purchased before the plastic project began:

  • 1 plastic pen. I have switched to using Lamy fountain pens with converters that allow them to be refilled from a bottle of ink. I bought my pens at a local stationery shop here in Oakland and keep one at work and one here at home. But occasionally, when a fountain pen isn’t handy, I reach for whatever pen is nearby, and I used up this disposable plastic pen this week. Looks like maybe I could refill it if I tried. I may test and see if I can get it open and fill it up using one of the syringes I got from the vet to give the cats medicine. But more than likely I’ll just add it to my collection.
  • 1 pair headphones. Sad. Sad. Sad. Someone chewed right through the cord. Now who do you suppose it could have been? I suspect one of these hoodlums:
    But I’m not naming names. Just hoping the guilty party will step forward and fess up. Or certain punishments might be in order. For example, Corporal Cuddling, as illustrated in this Engineer’s Guide To Cats.

Now for the new items:

  • 4 Refresh Endura single use eye drop containers. I’ve had a cold for the last few days, and I think my eyes are worse when I’m sick.
  • 1 unexpected piece of plastic wrap from a take-out sandwich. On the way to a zen retreat last Sunday, we stopped at a local grocery store to pick up food. When I saw that sandwiches were being wrapped in brown paper, I ordered one. It was too late when I noticed they were wrapping them in a layer of plastic before the brown paper. *Sigh.*

A funny thing, before I get to the book winners. Beth Terry emailed me this week! I’ve always known there was at least one other Beth Terry out there on the web because I come up with her web site when I Google my own name. And she scooped up www.bethterry.com before I did. Anyway, Beth Terry is a motivational speaker who has a lot of energy, wants to make the world a better place, and signed the Take Back The Filter petition! She is doing our name proud and just tonight wrote about Fake Plastic Fish on her blog. (She wrote about me. I wrote about her. Is this like one of those never-ending mirrors you could get lost in forever?)

And on a sad note: The judge in Oakland’s plastic bag ban case has just ruled that the city “should have more adequately studied the environmental impact of the ban before passing it into law.” The city now must decide whether to challenge the ruling or pay for an environmental impact study that could cost upwards of $100,000! We don’t know yet what the city will decide to do.

And now, (drum roll) the winners of the totally random (and Michael can confirm how random it was because the randomness came from his brain) drawing for the children’s books: Owen & Mzee goes to Rachel Reinyday and My Bag & Me goes to Monica Duke. Please send me your mailing addresses and I’ll get the books right out to you.

Take Back the Filter badgeSo, has everyone signed the Take Back The Filter petition? I’ll let you know about my meeting with Clorox later this week. Suffice it to say, we still need signatures!

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While you’re meeting with Clorox, please ask for BPA free plastic pitchers or an optional glass pitcher, too. Thanks!

Quite the chronicle of your plastic consumption! Isn’t it amazing (and totally frustrating) how one can hardly get through a week without producing some plastic waste? In a recent stay at Best Western, I calculated that an average consumer at the continental breakfast could produce 15 pieces of waste—9 plastic, 3 styrofoam, and 3 paper. Multiply this modest estimation by the number of guests who partake of the daily breakfast, and you’ve got a megaload of waste! Well, keep up the good work—I’ll try to give your take back the filter campaign some press in the near future!

Dobson already knew about the headphones – he said that there was a baby squirrel in the house and *he* was chewing on the headphones, but the kitties scared him off. Sadly, the damage was already done.

The kitties deserve treats for their good behavior.

Also agree about repairing the headphones, make sure you wrap them with electrical tape (yeah – it’s plastic) so that you can reduce the interference. You don’t want to have the wires from each channel rubbing each other — and if it doesn’t work, well…

Burbanmom, you should ask them when you go on the tour why cameras are not allowed. I had no problem on the tour I took of ours.

I had the same thought as Allie on the impact statement. This last weekend I saw countless bags caught on trees and bushes and fences. Here is a favorite example of mine, of a security barrier around a rail yard loaded with plastic bags…

That video is really funny!

I can’t believe someone needs to do a study to determine if plastic bags are bad. Can’t they just send some college intern outside to count the ones rolling around like tumbleweeds and stuck up in trees? I mean, there are tons of things that are bad about them, but even the basic facts kind of make the ban a no-brainer.

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First off, my baby is saying “Sing song, cats!” You can repair your headphone wires the same way you’d repair a lamp wire. Just expose the wire under the plastic and twist together two good bits, cutting out the frayed bits. Then cover the wires with (reused) electric tape. Who challenged the plastic bag ban?!#@$U% You’ve inspired me to look into refillable pens. I haven’t hardly ever bought pens. Hmmm, where did they all come from? Trade shows probably! Yesterday, I packaged all of my frankincense resin in repurposed plastic bags, labelled as such. I broke down and bought 25… Read more »

Burbanmom: I was wondering that too! I checked FPF several times this past weekend to see if there were any updates. I guess I have to learn to be patient.

I watched the Engineer’s guide to cat care this weekend and found it hilarious! I’m interested in knowing whether cat yodeling is something known to engineer’s cats or if its something FPF could engineer. :)

Ummm…. Am I the only one wondering “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED WITH CLOROX????”

Also, I get to go on a tour of our local recycling facility, but when I asked if I could bring my camera, they said no. WTF? I’m so disappointed!