Wednesday, July 29, 2009

One more thing

Yesterday I bought a new kitchen scale. Many of the bread recipes I've been making call for ingredients measured by weight, rather than volume, so a working kitchen scale in a necessity. Upon opening the box, I was confronted with Styrofoam. Drat. I banned that stuff from my life last week.

Ok so here's the thing: two weeks ago, I bought a pizza stone for my oven. I made a point of opening it in the store, after I'd purchased it, and giving the packaging (which included Styrofoam) to the clerk to recycle. Now here I am with this little bit of Styrofoam, which I am going to make a point to recycle at one of Toronto's special enviro-days. But what if the sales clerk didn't actually recycle my packaging and just threw it out? What if me taking it home to recycle myself would have been the better option? That way I know for sure it is getting to the recycling people. Should I trust people when they say they will recycle it for me? What if this minimum-wage earning person doesn't care about the environment and just wants to get this crazy lady out of her store?

7 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

I prefer to recycle it myself so I knwo it will get recycled. I am truly enjoying your blog and will miss you while you're gone. Have lots of fun!

Chile said...

Honestly, you'd be best off recycling it yourself. I think your instincts about clerks just wanting to get rid of the crazy customer are probably right on target. ;-)

Allie said...

It's hard to say. You could always write/email the company and ask them about their recycling policy. If they have one in place, the clerks probably ARE setting it aside for recycling. If they don't, you're probably just thought of as the crazy lady.

Anonymous said...

Find a nursery school - or elementary art teacher. Styrofoam and toothpicks make wonderful sculpture tools for young kids...and since kids like to keep their art forever its considered recycled

Q said...

I'm curious about your bread making.

What's your favorite recipie you've made so far?

I'd I think you are better off recycling yourself, Most places I've worked just make you throw stuff out when it's not easily recyled. They don't want to make the extra effort. Unless the clerk, of course, is a saint and went out of his way to recycle it that is.

Colleen said...

I absolutely love baking with a scale. It makes measuring so much easier. Not sure about the styrofoam though--but I like the idea of leaving it with the store staff. Even if that one person throws it out, if people start doing this regularly, it will get to management, and then maybe up the chain to the suppliers. We can hope that being annoying on a small scale could bring about a change like a stone in the shoe.

Robj98168 said...

I have to go with Recycle it myself so I know it got recycled.