- 1 broken glass carafe - recycle *
- 1 glass carafe plastic top - repurpose
- 1 sticker from fish monger - garbage
- 1 muffin wrapper - worms
Things have been jumping here since the 6 month mark and i've been fortunate enough to do a bunch of radio shows. The most recent, BBC Outlook, went up today and is quite funny if you ask me. Waiting on a lot of MP3s but some of the others are listed below. I'm still shocked that people want to hear what i have to say, but at least it gets more people thinking about things, so for the moment, I'll keep talking.
I was at a restaurant with a friend yesterday and was feeling really low on energy. It was hot, so I ordered a coke, something which I rarely do. As you can see from yesterdays haul, the coke came not in a glass, but in a can. Now I'm the first to admit that if it comes in a glass there is still waste involved, but it is not anything that i can quantify, and not specifically as a result of me as those bags of Coke goo get used for many many drinks. But the can is another thing entirely. I think I posted a piece about aluminum cans a while ago, but I figured it might be high time to throw it up again. Think you know how much energy goes into that can? I thought I had an idea, but boy was I wrong. Read on.
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A tad bit off topic, but i figured it's for a good reason. The woman you see at the right holding the bananas is Lucie, the mother in law of my dear friend Anya (and mother Anya's coolio husband Max). Lucie is holding the bananas for the profile pic of her blog Green Bananas Cancer Blog which as you can guess, details her fight with cancer, pancreatic cancer to be specific (you'll have to see why the bananas for yourself). In spite of the heavy reason for it's existence, it's actually a really good read since Lucie seems to be a pretty cool lady, a good writer, and a fair bit funny to boot.
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I was working on a tv show the other day with my friend Karen (looking inquisitively you at the left there) who I hadn't seen in a while. As the day progressed, Karen and I got to talking about what I had been up to with my life, the blog, the trash hoarding, the gyre, and a whole host of other things (lots of down times on sets sometimes). I guess I made an impression on her because the next day she posted this on her blog.
At the beginning of every month I try to do an honest tally of all the junk in the basement so that i can track where I am at and what has changed. A good friend pointed out to me that some of my numbers seem to fluctuate and indeed, they do seem to do so. I just finished tallying for last month and to go by the numbers, the bags seems to be getting lighter.
While I try to be as vigilant as I can, perhaps my methodology may explain something. At the end of every month I take a bathroom scale down to the basement and weight myself. While this helps me keep down what i eat (or at least should), it does let me know where I'm at for the moment. Then I pick up each piece, one by one, weigh myself holding it, and then subtract my weight, giving me the final weight. While this is an inexact science, it's the best i have at the moment. Since the scale only goes by half pounds, I find myself changing the 2.5 pounds of plastic bags to 2 pounds this month. My guess is that with plastic bags being so light, I am actually around the 2.25 weight and depending on how I stood one month or where my weight was, I could be off by .5 lbs.
All of that said, this is merely a benchmark and not rocket science, so i think it's all good. At the end of the year I'll borrow a serious scale and see what the numbers are exactly, but until then, bare with me and thanks for keeping me on top of things!
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