January 8, 2009

Year 2, Week 29 Results: 3.0 oz of plastic waste.

This will be a quick one. Trying to fit a million activities into this week and not much time to post here. But I have a lot of info to write about in the coming weeks, so please bear with me!

All my plastic waste for last week was new.

  • BalanceIt bottle, cap, & scoops. This is the supplement I buy to add to my homemade cat food. This bottle lasted a little over two months. Compare this to the 21 cans and plastic shrink wrap we were going through each week, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a much better alternative. And the kitties still love the homemade food as much as they did in October. For the past two weeks, I’ve substituted cooked pumpkin for the sweet potato, since we had a pumpkin in our house that needed to be used in some way, and they seem to like it just as much. Pumpkin does make for a wetter food.
  • Plastic packing tape & shipping label pocket from the shipment of new BalanceIt supplement. I ordered four bottles this time to save on shipping materials and costs. Shouldn’t need to order again until September.
  • Foam security seal from new bottle of BalanceIt.
  • Plastic shipping label pocket from another Skoy cloth delivery. The original box was missing a couple of cloths, so these were sent separately. I guess I should have specified no plastic on the outside of the envelope. If you order from Skoy, perhaps you could include a note requesting no plastic UPS or mailing label pocket or plastic tape.
  • 1 piece of plastic from the ends of a bunch of organic bananas. Unavoidable in these parts.
  • 2 plastic envelope windows. ING Direct — sending my new debit card — and payment from Share-a-Sale for blog advertising. I have since requested payment via PayPal to avoid these envelopes in the future.

How has 2009 treated you so far? I’m excited for the possibilities!

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13 years ago

Hi Beth –
I just discovered you and your site. We are based in Marin and working hard to get plastics out of our waste stream. You are incredible! Thank you for doing what you do.

You would be glad to hear that a new Ice Cream Store in San Francisco will be using our Clean Conscience aprons made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles… Lulu’s Ice Cream. This used a total of about 175 recycled plastic bottles that would have sat in landfills for centuries!
Recycling is such a critical aspect to our daily living and there are more ways to upcycle trash now to convert them into new and usable products.
Keep up the good work!


13 years ago

Turns out I forgot about the label, but I cut the bottle about 3/4 of an inch from the bottom, and when done I have A Bell Cloche for my garden and a water tray for potted plants. Then I take off the tamper ring and make a wreath to decorate preseents or a christmas tree! I made a video if you want to look at

13 years ago

made your recipe for chocolate syrup beth! yum! muy bueno!

also, ordered skoy cloths today. it violates my recommitment to no new purchases but i rationalized and did it anyway. per your post, i made sure to request the no plastic mailing envelope/tape and packaging.

13 years ago

So…this is going to make you furious. Today, I was shopping in Urban Outfitters (I know, I know, it’s kind of poser, but they have a lot of cotton dresses I like that I can afford). Anyway, I was paying for my dress, and there was another salesperson taking a razorblade and ripping a pair of suede boots (think $100 price range). I looked at her incredulously.

“What are you doing?”

–“Well – this a pair of 8’s and 8 1/2’s, so we can’t sell it.

“Are you kidding? You’re shredding perfectly good boots? But – some people have feet with those sizes…you know, you could sell them still” (I happen to have feet that are slightly different sizes, and sometimes shoe stores sell them as is and they’re perfect for me!)

–Company policy.

And she shrugs and walks away. I was disgusted. A letter will be written tonight to Urban Outfitters – I am not a happy camper about this. What an example of waste of a beautiful pair of shoes…

Beth Terry
13 years ago


13 years ago

I just figured out how to have my fruit juice drink and not throw away or recycle the bottle!So I am exicted!