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Fellow NJer here - if you live near the Princeton area, Whole Earth is a health food store that has a great array of bulk foods. I love shopping there! Wegmans has bulk candy, and Whole Foods on Route 1 has some stuff too. For drinks, I carry one stainless steel insulated bottle - it is so well insulated that I can get an iced tea at 1 PM, and still have ice in the bottle at 5 PM. It also works well for hot drinks. No prob with local establishments giving me a beverage in my own container. I bet they are afraid of spills, which is why they give the plastic cover. Feminine hygiene stuff - I used the diva cup for almost 10 years, loved it. Only reason I don't use it now is I am starting menopause. With regards to tea - Grovers Mill Coffee Co. will give you bulk tea in your own container (located in East Windsor/West Windsor area on Rte 571) Whole Earth has a decent assortment of the top 6 popular teas too. Wegmans has bulk tea as well. I love tea. Please don't be too cynical, as your example is inspiring. And if people keep asking for "no straws" and all of that, it will eventually become the new normal. So please be persistent. I am working with Sustainable Lawrence on growing support for a statewide bill that would put a fee on plastic and paper bags. It is a great way to make people aware of how many bags they use. Usually, people shun bags when they know they have to pay for them. Anyway, keep up the good work. Let me know if you are interested in the work Sustainable Lawrence is doing on building a NJ coalition.
8 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Natalie, Week 2
If we can link "plastic avoidance" to weight loss or hair loss, we will recruit most Americans to the plastic free lifestyle. Check out recent articles in New York Times "Eat like a Mennonite" (Florence Williams) and "Warning From a Flabby Mouse" (Nicholas Kristof) that actually do link plastics in our environment and food chain to obesity. That would definitely reduce future plastic consumption.
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