Lasting Plastic Impressions

A week ago I was happy to remove two over-sized pails full of soil from the bottom of my compost bin and add them to my garden. Such a rewarding gift from such a small effort.

As I spread the new soil on my garden I was impressed by two observations. The first was  an unexpected surprise: many of the avocado seeds, which are always so hard and seemingly impossible to break down, were dusty and rusty-looking, and had actually given up the battle. They were copying the grapefruit, potato and banana peels and turning into soil. Yeah!

My second observation was not so pleasant. Scattered throughout the rich black compost were the omnipresent plastic stickers from produce that I had bought from the grocery store. All bananas, avocados, apples, tomatoes, oranges, etc. are “conveniently” labeled with codes. In my haste to toss the peels, I hadn’t always removed the labels. So … yes, my garden was where they ended up making their lasting impression. And one thing is certain: they will never break down!

So now I collect plastic labels from my garden. What a world!

About Audie Jean

I love volunteering for Thrift Shops for Nova West Island. I also spend a lot of time taking photos, making greeting cards, exploring on the computer, and doing all kinds of other things that stimulate learning. It is very important for me that I LEARN or DO something every day. I have a special fondness for milking cows, reading poetry, cutting grass, walking in the woods, chatting with my grandchildren, and much, much more. Life is indeed fun. Reach me at:
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2 Responses to Lasting Plastic Impressions

  1. DohNa says:

    I have also discovered that these labels remain in my composted soil. I try to remove them before hand but don’t always follow through with the plan. Just one more thing to remind us of the nastiness and longevity of plastics!

  2. Audie Jean says:

    Yup! And we see just one very infinitesimal part of the plastic picture.

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