Make your own laundry detergent

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Post by zelph » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:21 pm

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Does anyone know what the grocery stores do with the plastic bags that are returned for recycling? Do they really recycle them or do they pitch them into the dumpster with the rest of their trash?
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Post by zelph » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:37 pm

DarenN wrote::mrgreen: GO GREEN!! :mrgreen:

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Post by DaddyMnM » Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:53 am

I was under the impression that those new plastic 2X4's for decks and picnic table tops are made from recycled plastic shopping bags. I am also under the impression that some of the bags that get collected are recycled and some are not depending on local economics of doing so.

I Google'ed this topic and found the following links:

http://www.recycle.ab.ca/2007Proceeding ... ameron.pdf
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/ ... pic=enviro

Seattle is considering imposing fees on these bags and styrofoam containers to reduce their use. There has been a lot of public criticism of this plan for economic reasons as well as displeasure with government trying to too hard to be big brother, so it is not a done deal. It may be pushed to the ballet sometime next year rather than just directly imposed. I found this link:

http://www.seattle.gov/util/stellent/gr ... 003527.pdf

It's a bit much to read so I pulled this one quote from the above:

"According to a study recently conducted by Herrera Environmental for Seattle Public Utilities, all disposable paper and plastic bags have significantly negative energy, climate change, wastewater, litter and water quality impacts on Seattle’s environment. The green fee and ban on EPS food containers will greatly reduce the use — and hence production — of these plastics which remain as persistent environmental pollutants. The green fee on disposable shopping bags, for example, will cut greenhouse gas production now caused by the unrestrained use of the products by 40 percent — about 112,000 tons over 30 years, roughly 4,000 tons per year or the equivalent of taking 665 cars off the road."

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Post by zelph » Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:14 pm

DaddyMnM wrote:I was under the impression that those new plastic 2X4's for decks and picnic table tops are made from recycled plastic shopping bags. I am also under the impression that some of the bags that get collected are recycled and some are not depending on local economics of doing so.

I Google'ed this topic and found the following links:

http://www.recycle.ab.ca/2007Proceeding ... ameron.pdf
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/ ... pic=enviro

Seattle is considering imposing fees on these bags and styrofoam containers to reduce their use. There has been a lot of public criticism of this plan for economic reasons as well as displeasure with government trying to too hard to be big brother, so it is not a done deal. It may be pushed to the ballet sometime next year rather than just directly imposed. I found this link:

http://www.seattle.gov/util/stellent/gr ... 003527.pdf

It's a bit much to read so I pulled this one quote from the above:

"According to a study recently conducted by Herrera Environmental for Seattle Public Utilities, all disposable paper and plastic bags have significantly negative energy, climate change, wastewater, litter and water quality impacts on Seattle’s environment. The green fee and ban on EPS food containers will greatly reduce the use — and hence production — of these plastics which remain as persistent environmental pollutants. The green fee on disposable shopping bags, for example, will cut greenhouse gas production now caused by the unrestrained use of the products by 40 percent — about 112,000 tons over 30 years, roughly 4,000 tons per year or the equivalent of taking 665 cars off the road."


I'm glad that some of the plastic bags are being recycled. We need to eliminate them entirely.(thin film ones)

China baned them http://www.reuters.com/article/environm ... 1220080602

More info on the problem:

CRACKING DOWN

Some countries are cracking down on the use of plastic bags. Here's a look at the issue:


About 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year, according to Vincent Cobb, founder of reuseablebags.com.


Countries that have banned or taken action to discourage the use of plastic bags include Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Taiwan. Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, also has banned the bags.


Australians were using nearly 7 billion bags a year, and nearly 1.2 billion bags a year were being passed out free in Ireland before government restrictions, according to government estimates.


Plastic industry trade associations were unable to provide estimates of plastic bag use in the United States. However, based on studies of plastic bag use in other nations, the environmental group Californians Against Waste estimates Americans use 84 billion plastic bags annually.
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Re: Make your own laundry detergent

Post by Pure Mahem » Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:57 am

Since I would have to buy bags at a couple of my Favorite grocery stores I just Purchased 2 of The Yellow Aldis Reusable Fabric Bags. These things are awesome I put Five Cases of veggies in one of these one day and they still look brand new! I see them lasting a long time. These Bags come with a Piece of plastic in the bottom that looks like the same type ofv stuff those flexible cutting boards are made of and it really helps to keep the bottom of the bag flat so it doesn't round and compress fragile items inside despite how many heavy canned items you might have. :mrgreen:
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Post by zelph » Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:19 am

Pure Mahem wrote:Since I would have to buy bags at a couple of my Favorite grocery stores I just Purchased 2 of The Yellow Aldis Reusable Fabric Bags. These things are awesome I put Five Cases of veggies in one of these one day and they still look brand new! I see them lasting a long time. These Bags come with a Piece of plastic in the bottom that looks like the same type ofv stuff those flexible cutting boards are made of and it really helps to keep the bottom of the bag flat so it doesn't round and compress fragile items inside despite how many heavy canned items you might have. :mrgreen:
My wife said she has not seen them but will look more intently for them today. If they have them We Will Buy :mrgreen: GO GREEN :mrgreen:
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Re: Make your own laundry detergent

Post by Ridgerunner » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:21 pm

zelph wrote::mrgreen: GO GREEN :mrgreen:

Does anyone know what the grocery stores do with the plastic bags that are returned for recycling? Do they really recycle them or do they pitch them into the dumpster with the rest of their trash?
At the Kroger I work at, we have a pallet in our back dock receiving area that has a wooden cage on it that we line with a huge trash bag to recycle out plastics. If there are customer plastics returned, they would go in this pen. To be truthful though, I don't believe many people return their plastic bags. In the city limits of Oxford, all plastics are to be put in a separate trash bin by the road.

Made my first batch of laundry detergent today. I used Ivory soap as I have always associated the smell with cleanliness. When I was 5, I spent a summer with some friends of our family that lived on a farm. That is when I got my first association with Ivory soap. The mixture is curing right now and I took a beater from my electric mixer and put it in a foot long drill bit extension and used that to beat the mixture together well, hoping to elliminate any lumps. We will see how she turns out tomorrow. Stumpjumper has already made his and gives it favorable reports. He mentions that using the cheese grater was a mess when he had to clean it so I used a potato peeler instead. :D I have a couple Supersize Sun laundry detergent jugs I was saving to make Purple Martin houses out of but will use them to store the detergent once it has cured out. ;)
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Re: Make your own laundry detergent

Post by Pure Mahem » Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:45 am

I haven't gotten around to trying this yet. But when I do I won't be using Ivory, I'm allergic to something in it, LOL!! Maybe Irish Spring or Zest or Lever 2000! :mrgreen:
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Post by Ridgerunner » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:58 pm

Just wanted to follow up with a pic and report of the homemade detergent. It turned out good but did contain some "blobs" after curing overnight even though i blended it well with a newly aquired $8 garage sale DeWalt drill. Ran a couple loades and it did just fine but I did not have any heavily soiled clothing this time around.

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