Posts Tagged ‘waste’

The Toothpaste Tube

Friday, June 11th, 2010

We waste some grammes of toothpaste everytime we trash a tube. I made a little test:

I emptied a tube of toothpaste:


Then I took a sciccors and cut the tube open:


As you can see still a lot of toothpaste left.

I took my kitchen scale and here are the results:

Emptied as much as possible

Weight : 13 g

Weight after the tube was rinsed: 8 g

Difference: 5 g

Corresponding to 4 % wasted toothpaste

Weight of full tube: 121 g

Weight of rinsed tube: 8g

Weight of toothpase: 113 g

The more effort is put in emptying the toothpase tube the less waste. The example is generic and can be deduced to any tube we use. By thinking of it, we will reduce the load on our dumping grounds and the ressources used to produce the product.

As mentioned earlier the amount of waste from the tube is your responibility. If the tube is designed in a way that causes excess waste then perhaps you ought to find an alternative. Please post your examples.


Friday, June 4th, 2010

Recently I trashed my shaver. It had served me for several years and the reason for trashing it was the rechargeable batteries was leaking.

The reason for this post is another – the cord. After a few years I was unable to get any power to the shaver. The reason was the plug for the shaver. The box I kept the shaver in made a sharp bend on the cord right above the plug. This caused the wire to break.

I had another cord from an older shaver and from that time I no longer kept the cord in the box. The shaver served me for many years after that.

Wastegeneration: 1 meter of copper and plastic.