Tuesday, January 25, 2011

45 days

Just because it is made from non-GMO corn, it is still single-use. 
At Trader Joes’ sample bar - after that small tasty bite of Fettucini Alfredo - the fork goes into the garbage can. We planted one of these forks in our backyard landfill aka garden and will revisit this fork in 45 days to see if it is still cutlery or what?

Mark your calendar- March 11 is the day.

The term “bioplastics”  adds to the confusion about recycling- some of the new plastics  are compostable, some are biodegradable, some are recyclable. Each kind has different requirements (water, heat) for it to degrade- and then there is the question of no toxic residue. Worldcentric has a good explanation of the differences.


  1. I find a lot of these on beaches too. Yesterday, I found a "conventional" plastic fork, the ones we have come to accept in schools, at picnics, and many other situations. It was resting on the beach up alongside the tongue of a dead sea lion. Not necessarily involved in the death, but I have seen hundreds of dead seabirds, killed by plastics ranging from legos to lighters and recently pulled a tangle of black plastic mesh from the throat and teeth of a dead harbor seal, definitely killed by this plastic encounter.

    Even if a corn based fork is in the ocean for less than 45 days, if and when it does wash into the sea, it can do serious harm to sea life. Trash is trash. Sadly, as some of the new plastics enter the sea, they may be more sinister as they break into small pieces more susceptable to being swallowed by a bird, fish, or otter. I wonder too - would people be less likely to properly dispose of quick decomposing items, knowing they will "disappear"????

    Thanks for what you do!

    Ron Hirschi, Project SOAR
    Save Our Albatross/Research

  2. My calendar is marked for that date!