Articles about Paper Or Plastic

How To Keep Icing Where It Belongs

June 26, 1991 by Polly Fisher, Special to the Daily News

Dear Polly: Whenever I take a cake with icing to a dinner or party, I cover it with waxed paper or plastic wrap. To keep the icing from sticking to the paper or plastic, I spray the wrap with a non stick cooking spray. The wrapping can then be removed without destroying the icing. Mr. Dear Polly: You can turn greeting cards into wonderful bookmarks just by cutting them into strips with pinking shea rs. About 500 billion to 1 trillion get used, and rarely re used, each year. In many towns and cities the plastic bag has become the de facto national flag, waving from trees and lampposts, festooning highways, blighting the landscape. The things are everywhere. But that is starting to change.

October 25, 1994 By Greg McCullough, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT

During the final, tense moments of the Narberth supermarket robbery last month, there was some confusion about whether the two masked men waving assault rifles preferred paper or plastic. An Acme store clerk who showed up for a hearing yesterday for one of the accused told reporters outside the court that a paper shopping bag full of money ripped open as the gunmen were leaving the store. Some of the loot spilled out, the 17 year old clerk said, and the gunmen were asked, “Paper or plastic?”Diversified to death?

February 26, 2002

We used to have it simple a number for the phone, Social Security and license plate. We survived on one species of M and two choices about toilet paper, rolling off the top or the bottom depending on maternal tradition. But now, what phone company for local service? What company for long distance? DSL? Unlisted? Messaging? Forwarding? Call waiting? Line insurance? . . . “ Your password expires in four days. Do you want to change it?” Aging minds must choose numbers, letters, capitals?

January 22, 2009

Worth the trip We’ve all heard the reasons for including almonds in our diets, and these terrific nuts from Trader Joe’s make that easy to do. Dry roasted to a perfect crunch, with a light sprinkling of salt (60 milligrams per 1/4 cup), these are among the best almonds I’ve tasted in fact, they are the reason for stopping in every couple of weeks, to stock up. At the ready How many times have you been caught at the checkout line without your reusable grocery bags? Stick one of these foldable totes in your pocketbook or coat pocket and you’ll have at least one when the checker asks, “Paper or plastic?”Drains Stay Clean Safely With Recipe

May 23, 1990 By Polly Fisher, Special to the Daily News

Dear Polly: Do you have any recipes for drain cleaners that are safe to use? Betty Dear Betty: Here’s a simple, old fashioned formula that will keep drains free running and sweet smelling. It’s safe for all t ypes of plumbing. Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Store this in a tightly covered container. To use as a drain cleaner, pour 1/4 cup of the cleaning mixture into the drain, add 1 cup boiling water, wait a few minutes, then flush thoroughly with cold water.

Paper or plastic? Your editorial excoriating the use of plastic bags (“Yesterday’s baggage,” Jan. 26) was excellent as far as petroleum based products are concerned. But there is another solution coming on line in Europe: biodegradable bags made from corn, which are as strong as oil based plastic when new, but degrade completely within 18 months in landfills.