Everyday Plastic

To begin our discussions of Plastics, we would like to invite you to contribute thoughts on your interactions with plastic for the day. List or name one interaction you have with  plastic during the course of the day, and how many seconds/minutes/months it lasted/will last.

For example, I bought a coffee today and between purchasing it, drinking it,  then disposing of the plastic coffee lid, my interaction lasted around one hour.

Plastic coffee lid – 1 hour


This morning I washed my dishes with a plastic handled scrubber which I brought last week and will probably use it for 5-8 months before throwing it out (and getting a new one).

Plastic scrubber – 5-8 months

Also, please share one aspect of your life you can’t imagine without plastic?


– The Plastics Group (Elizabeth, Vicky, Tassos)


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  cindypound wrote @

here are a few:

plastic water glass – 10 minutes, 4 to 5 times a day
britta water filter system: 4 to 5 times per day, 1 min each
plastic container that i put my fruit/yogurt breakfast in every morning/eat out of: 10 min per day
plastic container that my dog’s food gets stored in: 2 to 3 minutes per day
plastic container of fresh direct meal (usually eaten for lunch) – once per day 15 min total interaction time
plastic container of greek yogurt – once per day 30 seconds

plastic computer mouse – approximately 8 hours a day
plastic computer keyboard – approximately 8 hours a day
plastic muji pen: 8 hours per day
plastic frames of reading glasses – two hours per day

bottles in shower, ie: shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, liquid soap – 1 x per day, 30 seconds each
plastic hairbrush – 3 times per day, 2 min each
hairspray bottle – 1 time per day, 1 min total
plastic sonicare toothbrush – 2 times per day, 2.5 minutes each

plastic hangers – 2 times per day (taking off and putting back on) 2 min per day
plastic laundry basket – once per week, 2 hours
plastic laundry detergent bottle – once per week, 2 minutes

out of the house
metro card – 2 times per day, 30 seconds each
credit card – 3 to 4 times per day, 1 min each?


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