Envirowoman Goes Plastic Less

Before you read this, I'd like for you to look around your house and take a look at all the items and products in your home that are made of plastic or contained in plastic. Start with your trashcans, your computer, your printer, the keyboard buttons, the phone, the clothes you are wearing, your pens, the fan, the remote control... How about your under-the-sink plumbing? In your kitchen, I bet there is a bunch of plastic stored away-Tupperware, dishes, cleaning products, parts of your appliances, condiments... In your bathroom: shampoo and conditioner bottles are probably made of plastic. Look in your medicine cabinets too and you'll find plastic medicine bottles, deodorants and mouth washes in plastic containers... I could go on but I think you get the picture.

In our society it is difficult to find products that aren't wrapped or made with plastic. This is not always a bad thing. In many ways it has helped improve our way of life. For example, when I'm preparing a meal I'm not afraid of letting my 5 year old help me get condiments out of the fridge because if they slip from her little hands they wont break and cut her. In medicine plastic is used to take our blood, give us blood, stitch us up and so on; however, if we are not careful, whatever plastic we don't recycle will go to the landfills and pile up, as it has been happening for years.

So, one innovative thinker, we'll call her by her blog name, Envirowoman, is trying to change this problem. Envirowoman is doing her best to live as plastic free as she can in 2007 and then letting us know about her plastic free journey at her blog. Here she will confess not only her success but her failures too, or as she likes to call them her "sins". She'll provide a detailed list of what products she has found with zero plastic, and what items prove to be most difficult to find as plastic free.

My favorite entry so far has been the deodorant dilemma. She, like me, is a loyal Dove fan, but because Dove packages their deodorant in plastic containers, in order to keep her plastic free- pledge, she had to switch. She didn't switch for long though. The non plastic contained deodorant she found kept her smelling odormore instead of odorless and when she couldn't handle it anymore she switched back to Dove, but not without writing a request to Dove asking them to go greener. You'll have to read her blog to find out what the Dove Company had to say.

So can she do it? What do you think? I must say reading her blog has inspired me to give it a try myself, but I wouldn't call this project going Plastic Free in 2007. I'd call it Plastic Less in 2007 because I just don't see how she, or anyone, can go completely plastic free, in this day and age, but I could be wrong. I have been before. See her informative plastic free blog here.

Gloria Campos-Hensley
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May 17, 2007
by Anonymous Paper Bag Lady (not verified)

What do the numbers and letters mean?

I thought the article was going to give advice in terms of what to do with the various numbers/letters and/or how they differ.  Are the numbers/letters insignificant?