Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ask and ye' shall receive

Over on method's people against dirty blog, they've given us a great opportunity to learn well, anything we might want to about method, recycling, the environment, why the sky is blue, why do birds sing, how are babies made, and who exactly is God? (Well, they might have a bit of trouble with that last one, but you NEVER know, I hear they're really smart people over there!)

"Ever wonder what the heck the difference is in all the different plastic ratings (you know, those numbers in the triangle usually found on the bottom of plastic containers)? Or ever want to ask how lil bowl blu got it's sleek design? Well, send us all your questions you ever wanted to ask of our resident greenskeepers (consider them our resident "green" walking encyclopedias) and of our design team (you know, the people who make our stuff easy on the eyes). Be sure to post them below in our comments section and be on the lookout in the future as we pick certain questions to feature back on the blog. Ready... set... ask!"

So go ask! I have a couple questions I'm going to post, as well! I had someone I was singing method's praises to recently ask me if the products were anti-bacterial, and I explained why they weren't. But then she said "well, I don't think I could use a product that wouldn't kill salmonella in the kitchen, and such." Where do I go with that? There's one question I'm going to post. I bet you have some, too!

1 comment:

thickslab said...

The numbers aren't "ratings" per se; they indicate what kind of plastic it is. 1 to 6 are specific types of plastic and 7 is a generic "other" kind for any plastic that doesn't fit into categories 1 to 6.

Different communities can recycle different kinds of plastic. For example, my city can recycle 1, 2, 4, and 5. Which ones you can recycle in your city depends on a bunch of factors like how big the community is, whether there's a market for certain types of plastics in the area, etc.

As for anti-bacterial products - most of them kill good AND bad bacteria; killing off good bacteria (for example, on your skin) lets bad bacteria take over. And that's assuming the products are used properly - most directions state they have to be left to rest on the surface for ten minutes, which is rarely done.
When the anti-bacterial products get out in the enivironment, however, they can cause all kinds of problems - the chemical used, triclosan, can cause developmental problems and birth defects in wildlife and can lead to antimicrobial resistant bacteria. What's more, non-triclosan products like Method's are just as effective at removing bad bacteria!

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