The Other I

September 28, 2012

Recycling suggestion

I read a report about a woman here in England whose goal is to limit  to one trash bin a year all trash she produces that cannot be recycled but is dumped into a landfill instead.  (The pick up in her area is twice a month.)

Among other things, she cuts open tubes of things like toothpaste to get out the last bits at the shoulders that can’t be squeezed out.  I tried it, and am amazed at the amount of toothpaste or shampoo or tomato paste that is left inside a tube.  So much that I’ve begun to wonder if manufacturers do it on purpose.

It has started me wondering how much would be saved if tubes were shaped at the top like /\ instead of  like | |.

In the meantime, I’m afraid I could get used to cutting off the tops of tubes for those lost 4-5 brushes’ worth of toothpaste.

Do you think I should write to Colgate?



  1. Yes.


    Comment by sanstorm — September 29, 2012 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  2. Oh no! you answered my question. Now I am going to feel guilty if I don’t write to Colgate. And MacCleans, and Olay, and all those other tubers.

    Hmmm: do you think you should write too? I know I started it, but…

    Seriously, thank you.


    Comment by theotheri — September 29, 2012 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

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