Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 36

I hope all of my American readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving this past weekend! While we did cook a turkey this week (Tuesday) it wasn't any sort of celebratory bird. We managed a turkey dinner with the only plastic being the bag that the turkey came in. This wasn't any huge dinner for extended family mind you, just mashed potatoes & Brussels sprouts accompanying the bird, but it was sure good! Here's what else we racked up this week:

1. Turkey bag
2. 2 Daiya bags
3. Chocolate bar wrapper
4. Garbage bag (not shown)
5. Stickers on fruit
6. Pancake mix bag
7. Battery package (for garage door opener)
8. Light bulb package
9. Realfruit gummies bag
10. Pull tab from carton of almond milk
11. 3 Drink sample packets
12. Gluten free flour bag
13. Pasta bag
14. Packaging from 2 cell phone cases
15. Shipping bag cell phone cases came in
16. 2 cell phone screen protector accessories (not shown)
17. Mailer envelope
18. Sour cream container
19. Dead turkey baster
20. Envelope containing Christmas gift tags

Yep that's right... the Christmas plastic is creeping into the weekly tally already.  And (regrettably) there's more to come. For whatever reason, I have enough tape to wrap gifts for the rest of my life. Actually. 

We've finally gotten around to accessorizing our new iphones that we bought last week. I feel that something that contains my whole life deserves some protection. We chose Bioserie cases which are made out of Ingeo; a biodegradable plastic based on plant sugars rather than petrochemicals. We also purchased InvisibleSHIELD for the screens, as we had them on our last phones and were happy with their performance. I would much rather "consume" the plastic to protect the device now than to have to buy a new one sooner because it needed to be replaced. There are much worse ingredients in a cell phone than plastic, but we'll save that chat for another day...

How are you planning on keeping your holiday plastic to a minimum?

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