Plastic LineUp

 

 

Also called Polyester, 19% of this plastic is transformed to fabrics, the rest goes to landfill. This plastic is easy to avoid by drinking tap water (I carry a glass jar), many of the items are available in bulk or glass, and I make sure I brush my teeth REAL 3 minutes instead of using a mouthwash.

 

 

 

5 billion bags versus 5 million rats in NYC every year....Who's the real plague?

This plastic is the most widely used with #4 for its versatility but while 10 to 29% of the rigid one is processed, only 6% of bags are.

My easy alternatives are:

- A light Reusable bag in my purse. Placed next to my keys in my apartment, I never leave home without it now.

-Detergent in a cardboard box or sometimes homemade with Soap & Washing Soda

- For my hair, a shampoo bar ( Lush, Whole Foods , Etsy ,Organic Stores) & vinegar instead of Conditionner,sounds insane but it was actually my greatest discovery going ZeroWaste.

 

 

 

Pseudo: PVC/Vinyl

This plastic is well described in TheStoryofStuff book and the astonishing facts really made me start thinking about the material of our daily objects. Not only the production is intoxicating workers with heavy metals but it also cannot be recycled because it would contaminate the other plastics. Plus if it is incinerated it releases Dioxin. I still have some PVC items but I'll make sure I'll go to Toxic Events to discard them & will make my best to avoid them in the future :

-Buying a Hemp or Cotton Shower Curtain,

-Use PaperBoard Binders,

-Offer PVC free Toys to my nephew & niece 

-Do the plank to look at the blue sky, no need for Air Mattress in the pool.

Ok, still no alternatives in mind for Cables and my Vinyl Second Hand Rainy Blue Coat, but at least I really really love it & stay dry..........

 

 

 

Like Plastic #2, this one is again widely used because versatile but has only a little 5% recycling rate as it is hard to sort. Plus it hides in carton containers like Disposable Coffee Cups. Plus it leaches Endocrine Disruptors according to LifeWithoutLife.

I avoid it by freezing food in glass jars and bread in fabrics. ( I still have some #5 plastics in the freezer but I reduce them little by little) I buy honey in a glass jar as well and ask for a real cup at coffees or bring my travel mug.

 

 

Beer, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese are usually enjoyed in plastic #5. Also used for Poop & Periods with disposable diapers & hygiene pads.

Going ZeroWaste, I realized I enjoyed more having my treats in nice & real containers, stainless or glass, as much as I would expect real silverware in a chic restaurant. 

But the same goes also by feeling weird to put plastic in my underwear for 4 days in a row once a month. The reusable cup & pads became my best friends. Plus I am never scared to run out of stock anymore.

Plastic #5 is also called PP and has a really low recycling rate, 0.5 %, as it is really difficult to sort.

 

 

 

Number 6! Polystyrene!  Recycling rate: 0.9% !

Number 6 is ironic: It is used for Fire Alarms AND present in cigarette smoke as Styrene. 

Also known as Styrofoam. It has just been banned in Washington DC, and almost in NYC but the American Chemistry Council and Dart Container filled a lawsuit, so it is now on hold.

I just use my reusable containers to avoid it.

 

The last one, The Fourre-Tout, the Catch All.

Number 7 has decreased due to health related problems (leaching BPA) but it can still be found in cans, large water storage & juice containers, sipping cups, paper receipts etc...

The recycling rate is really low as it is usually a mixture of various plastics. 

I easily avoid it by drinking tap water, using a reusable glass, refusing cashier receipts when I know I won't return the purchased items and buying my beans, lentils, chickpeas dry in bulk. Plus I save a lot of money by doing it as they don't expired. And it looks nicer in the closet.....

 

 

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