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Hi there Gina! I've definitely seen tofu sold in bulk at grocery stores in the Bay Area. As far as non dairy containers such as Silk Almond milk and Soy Milk being recyclable, unfortunately no, they cannot be recycled since the insides are lined with plastic.  

5 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Gina, Week 1

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Thank you so much for posting to the Plastic Trash Challenge! Honestly, starting with small changes like bringing your own coffee cup is a great start and is also how I began lowering my own daily plastic use. I saw you have a Stacy's Pita bag and wanted to let you know I've seen pita chips in BULK! I live in San Francisco and so I'm not completely familiar with bulk groceries in Santa Cruz but you might want to keep your eye out for this item in the bulk section.

5 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Martha Seaver, Week 1

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Hello Anthony, welcome! So proud to see a young person such as yourself participate in the plastic trash challenge. It's not an easy fete. Plastic free breakfast bars are a challenge however one cereal bar I've found recently called Awesome Bars uses plant based BPI certified plastic which is compostable. Not sure if these bars are sold in southern California yet but you can order them online here: http://awesome-bars.myshopify.com/

8 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Anthony Oram, Week 1

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Great job on week 2 and yes, saying no to a straw counts as refusing plasitc :) I use quite of bit of wax paper and foil in place of plastic wrap. As far as dish scrubbers go I use a copper dish scrubber which you can find in most health food store. Life Without Plastic also has a ton of plastic free options when it comes to dish scrubbers: http://lifewithoutplastic.com/boutique/kitchen-kitchen-brushes-c-122_107.html

8 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Sheri Puckette, Week 2

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Kudos to you for taking on the plastic challenge! I'm sure it's not an easy feat since you're the only one in the family making this a priority. I wish there was a way to receive my CSA box without plastic as well each and every time. Not sure if you're into making your own yogurt but I tried this recently and it's a very inexpensive and plastic free option.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Sheri Puckette, Week 1

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@bluestem10 I was really upset as well when I found out the shampoo and conditioner I was spending a ton of money on was tainted with carcinogens. It's really disappointing... As far as the baking soda goes, for me personally, it took me a while to get used to it. When I first started using baking soda as a shampoo, I wasn't using enough for my hair. I have short hair but a lot of it so I need about a 1/2 cup worth of baking soda in order to wash my hair completely. I just scoop some into my hand and then get a few drops of water on top and then just lather my scalp. I also use a little coconut oil once or twice a week as a deep conditioning treatment. I'm really amazed at how well baking soda as a shampoo works. It seals the hairs cuticle so you have less flyways, it's great! 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Sumner, Week 1

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Welcome Katie and thank you for participating in the Plastic Trash Challenge. I noticed in your photo you use Mineral Fusion for your shampoo and conditioner. I've used this brand in the past for my hair as well and was really disappointed to discover it contains cocamide which is a carcinogen. It's listed as Cocamidopropyl Betaine on the shampoo bottle. You can read more about it here: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Shampoos-still-contain-carcinogens-lawsuit-claims-4765891.php

I've since switched to baking soda as my shampoo and apple cider vinegar that's been diluted with water as my conditioner and I'm a big fan of this plastic free alternative that also doesn't contain dangerous cocamides or any other chemicals. 

I tried searching for dairy farms in Beavercreek that may sell yogurt that comes in glass but unfortunately I wasn't able to location one. I am such a huge fan of yogurt as well and am so thankful I'm able to find a plastic free yogurt where I live. I hope you're also able to locate a store that sells yogurt in glass as it taste so much better. 

Take a look around the site and let us know what new plastic alternatives you incorporate in your daily life. And remember, every bit helps and by asking for plastic free alternatives it will also spread awareness to others. 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Sumner, Week 1

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@ParastooParsa @BethTerryHi there! The next time Beth is giving a talk in the Bay Area will be November 4th in Los Altos. You can check Beth's upcoming events on her blog at http://myplasticfreelife.com

10 months ago on Aquarian Bath Handmade Personal Care Gift Set

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Welcome Dawn and family! We are so happy to have you post a Plastic Trash Challenge! As for dental floss I have not yet found a truly plastic free alternative. Although I have tried one brand of floss that has very little plastic called Eco-Dent that I really liked. Beth has also tried this brand of dental floss and has an entire blog post on tooth care which you can read here: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/04/plastic-free-dental-floss-not-quite/

For plastic free yogurt I'm lucky enough to live where there are plastic free options in the grocery store so I haven't tried making any myself but you can read more about making homemade yogurt from a previous blog post by Beth here: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/plastic-free-yogurt-well-almost-plus/

Again, welcome and we look forward to seeing more Plastic Trash Challenge post from you and your family! 

10 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Dawn Kearns, Week 1

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These look pretty snazzy! 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on I wish I’d known about EcoJarz when I wrote my book

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@Jacob I'm not very familiar with sprouting but I would think a hemp bag would be safe as long as it's organic and HMO free. 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@Eve Stavros Heading there now to see if I can also get in on the sale, thanks for sharing! 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Brush With Bamboo is my new favorite toothbrush

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@cspellerin Thank you for the information. The link you provided is redirecting to Beth's page. Can you try re-posting the link? 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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Thanks for sharing week 3 of the trash challenge. Now I can't stop dreaming of an Eskimo Pie! 

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 3

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@Random Cathy Glad you are enjoying the tips on the blog and just changing one behavior can make a huge impact!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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@KB Yea I can't wait to try this out too. I love green smoothies! 

11 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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@rmm635 @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Hello again! Beth and I met with Causes.com back in March 2013 to discuss a Trader Joe's campaign and a petition was created. Did you sign it? 

http://www.causes.com/TJ-plastic?rank=0

Let me know if you are not able to sign the petition and I can email it to you.

11 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Sarah I hadn't heard about this but just did some searching and wow, it does seem to be true. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-grayson/eco-etiquette-is-my-toile_b_1008317.html

I've been thinking a lot lately about family clothes and after reading that most of our toilet paper is laden with BPA I'm going to start the transition. 

11 months ago on It’s the Burning Man Plastic Footprint Project!

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Thanks for posting you week two tally. Not sure if you have this where you live in New Zealand but I'm able to find dish washing detergent in boxes at my local grocery store. 

11 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 2

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@angel21 I haven't tried this myself so I'm not sure why it's not working.

11 months ago on Remove Hair with DIY Homemade Sugar Wax: Cheap, Plastic-free, and Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

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Sorry to hear you guys are having so much trouble acquiring plastic free vegan food options. Do you have any close vegan friends nearby? Perhaps you can come up with some type of weekly food trade so you don't have to spend so much time in the kitchen. Like one week or month, one house prepares enough bread for themselves and another family while you guys prepare dips for your house and the other family and then switch off. Not sure how feasible this option is but I've always wanted to try this type of thing with a neighbor. 

11 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 8

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@Nicole Z I am always very careful when having vegetarian or vegan and non vegetarian friends over for dinner at the same time. I had a mishaps during an impromptu dinner party where a utensil used for meat touched a vegan entree and I felt really bad. Thankfully my friend who is vegan was very understanding. I've been an omnivore all my life but completely understand why this could be upsetting for someone who lives their life meat free. Really glad to hear you are making steps on living with less plastic. Let us know if you run into any obstacles and we'll try and help you out. 

11 months, 1 week ago on New Vegetarian Eats Ham. Asks, What Kind of Vegetarian Am I?

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I just started using the baking soda/tee tree deodorant and I must say it works quite well. 

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/08/great-big-plastic-free-non-toxic-deodorant-review/

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 6

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I love sprouted bread too and am so sad I can't find this in a plastic free alternative. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 7

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Wow, awesome job on week 7! Keep up the good work!  

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 7

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I used to use the same shea butter shampoo and conditioner until I switched to baking soda and apple cider. It's a great product, just wish I could get it without plastic. 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 6

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Great job! Not sure about soda cans in Belgium but here in the US soda cans are lined with BPA unfortunately. You can read more about it here:

 http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/11/hidden-plastic/

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/01/bisphenol-aka-bpa-what-is-it-where-is/


11 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 5

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@Nicole Z Wow, that is very disappointing to hear. The Whole Foods that I've visited in the Bay Area haven't said anything in regards to me providing my own containers. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Store Report: Whole Foods, Berkeley & E-mail Response

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@Ellen and Pedro @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator That's wonderful news about the new store you discovered that has a bulk section! 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 4

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I have the same issue with my CSA, meat comes in plastic. The only way I can pick up meat free of plastic is if I bring in my container to Whole Foods and ask them nicely to place the meat inside of my glass container. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Elle M, Week 1

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@Stevi Love Garbage Land! 


12 months ago on About Me

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@Stevi Would love to see some pics of your re-fashioned clothing. I too enjoy buying my clothes from thrift stores, it's a lot of fun! 

12 months ago on About Me

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@Linda Homemade ice cream is amazing! 

12 months ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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@GoldCoastLuxury Same here! It would be so nice to see the end of Styrofoam. I don't even like how it feels, it's a horrible material.

1 year ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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Thanks for the taking the Trash Challenge and I see you are also participating in Plastic Free July! I checked out your personal blog, Consume Less. Do More. and read your post regarding a plastic free option for your CSA. I'm really jealous as my CSA doesn't currently have this option but they do their best to avoid plastic. The plastic that is used is thankfully reused by them over and over again. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hannah Spector, Week 1

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@Ellen and Pedro It's so true! I just read a past blog post by Beth where she talks about organic foods and their plastic packaging, here's the link in case you're interested: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/06/organic-food-in-plastic-packaging-isnt/

I'm really into fitness and finding healthy recipes and I enjoy watching Youtube videos where people show their "healthy grocery food haul's" and each time it's always food that's plastic laden. I'm still searching for a new Youtuber's channel that addresses this issue and starts showing "plastic free organic food hauls". 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 4

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I also can't find vegan yogurt in glass containers. I'm in love with this vegan yogurt made from almonds that I found at my local health food store and am desperate to find a plastic free alternative. Making homemade yogurt isn't always convenient as it's very time consuming. It is strange that most vegan foods found in grocery stores have so much plastic packaging. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 4

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@Ellen and Pedro @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Yea I'm surprised how well parchment and wax paper work. By the way, I'm really impressed on your guys beach clean up idea while on vacation. I think it's a great way to not only bring awareness but also to immediately help eliminate waste in the oceans. I'm currently vacationing in Barcelona and will do the same tomorrow when I visit the local beach here. Thank you for the inspiration! 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 3

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@HanhDoPham @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Hey mason jars work just fine too! I'm happy with either as long as it's not a throw away cup :)

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 2

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@HanhDoPham @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator I actually had the chance to meet two representatives from Klean Kanteen while at an Earth Day event in San Francisco and was so happy to find out the changes the company made to lessen the amount of packaging for their products. They seem to really care about the environment AND make as you said, snazzy looking products to boot! I myself have only heard praises regarding my Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups during parties and picnics. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 2

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Great job Katie! I'm working on a blog post that will be up soon about my week long experience in Philadelphia during the last week of June. It was my first time visiting Pennsylvania and I had a wonderful time. However I did notice there was a lot less awareness when it comes to waste and plastic consumption so I feel your pain. A bulk store would help tremendously! I got so many stares and looks of confusion when asking if there would be any plastic or asking for no plastic everywhere I went. After visiting one food establishment on several different occasion the waiter finally asked me "So why no straws and no plastic?" I gladly explained my reasoning and the waiter actually looked like he had an ah ha moment. So I say keep on looking like a nut and know that you're not alone :) I will also gladly continue looking like a nut and keep refusing plastic and hope one day societies viewpoint on plastics will change. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Dettra, Week 1

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Not sure if it's the most graceful way but it's so far the only way I can usually get by without any plastic. I start out by first having a conversation with the cashier. I start by asking if there is anyway I can get a drink without any plastic and I let them know in a nice way that this determines if I can purchase anything or not. I usually let the cashier ask me why I wish to not have any plastic and then I gladly explain. As far as photos go, anything associated with the Pacific Garbage Patch are sure to make your point that plastic and ocean life don't mix.

http://www.google.es/search?q=plastic+soup+pacific+gyre&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48705608,d.d2k&biw=1366&bih=656&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=es&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=vwnkUauzDcTAhAe464HICw


1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 5

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I'm also a fan of sprouted bead and wish there was a plastic free alternative. Still haven't found one and I haven't tried making my own yet. I have seen Bragg's in glass containers at Whole Foods and at a few local organic shops where I live. Dr. Bonners soap is so useful but I too haven't had any other options besides buying it in bulk which comes in a large plastic container. There is a funny post about Beth trying to make her own liquid soap to replace Dr. Bonners liquid soap, you can check it out here: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/12/liquid-soap-fail-what-am-i-doin-wrong/

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 4

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Hi Hanh! You bring up a really great question about how those 21 and over can refuse those annoying plastic wrist bands. I wonder if they could give you a stamp on your hand instead of a plastic wrist band? You might have to lie and say you're allergic to plastic for them to actually do it, but hey, it's worth a try :) 

As for plastic free toilet paper, have you tried purchasing Seventh Generation in bulk? There is a blog post with more info regarding buying plastic free toilet paper here: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/seventh-generation-amazoncom-solving/

As for the plastic produce bags versus buying new, recycled cloth bags. I say keep using the plastic produce bags until they fall apart. Once they do fall apart try making produce bags from old t-shirts if you're feeling crafty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpyO_t3Ml20

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 3

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Great job Ellen and Pedro! I started packing sandwiches for plane trips and found using parchment paper or wax paper works really well. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 3

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@Ellen and Pedro Thanks again for your recipe. I'll be sure to take a picture of how mine turn out Really looking forward to new a type of veggie burger. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1

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@Ellen and Pedro @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Lol, no worries. I knew what you meant :) 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1

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@Ellen and Pedro I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing. Do you then bake them or fry them? 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1

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@Ellen and Pedro Whoa, I've never tried or even heard of a 'fishy' veggie burger. That sounds delicious! I have a decent supply of seaweed currently at home that I can use to try these burgers out. What else goes in them? 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1

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Hello and thank for participating in the Plastic Trash Challenge. Chlorine can be removed from tap water by using a charcoal water filter. Another way you can do this is by filling up a vessel with tap water, you can use a regular cooking pot, and letting the water sit for 24 hours. The chlorine will dissipate from your water. I would also love the option of owning my own chickens so I can have a steady supply of eggs but since I live in an apartment building, it isn't an option. Instead, I'm lucky to have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that deliveries farm fresh eggs on a weekly basis in cardboard egg cartons that are then picked up by the farmer and reused again. CSA are available in most places. You should see if one near you has egg delivery as well as produce. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Sabra, Week 1

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Well done on week number two Hanh! I've made my own mustard a few times and it's turned out really well. Was surprised how easy it is actually. I used a recipe I found via wikiHow the first time and now I use slight variations of the same recipe. Basically I use whatever sweetener I have on hand at the moment which is either honey or coconut sugar. Here is a link to the mustard recipe via wikiHow:http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mustard-from-Scratch

I'm able to find these ingredients thankfully in the bulk section at my grocery store. 

As far as cups go, I love my Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint size cup! They are lightweight but very sturdy and I feel they look pretty nice too. Take a look and tell me what you think. 

http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/cups-tumblers/steel-pint-cup.php

Also, I checked out your blog and totally feel your pan while reading "Crushed", which is exactly how I've felt when being duped into plastic or Styrofoam which was the case for your burrito. Isn't it frustrating? Ugh, but you're right, the person behind the counter didn't know and I just have to keep reminding myself that and try again next time to forgo plastic. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 2

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@Livia Interesting, thanks for sharing! 

1 year ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.

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@Livia I've always wanted to try making my own cheese. I have most of the equipment needed, now just need to find the time. 

1 year ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@nutritarian Hello! Beth will be attending the Blog Her event. I looked at the website and it doesn't currently show what day and time Beth is schedule to talk. Keep checking the events page for updates. 

1 year ago on Tips for Creating Zero Waste, Plastic-Free Events

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@eascello Glad to hear! Let us know how your month of living plastic free goes. 


1 year ago on Happy Plastic-Free July!

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@ZimDownUnder That is surprising that you haven't seen any advertising regarding Plastic Free July. Thank you for spreading the word! 

1 year ago on Happy Plastic-Free July!

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@workingonit Thank you for your support! 

1 year ago on Happy Plastic-Free July!

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@Shona LALA dex press Yea unfortunately everyone is experiencing this same issue when borrowing Plastic Free from the library. I understand why libraries need to protect their books, just wish there was a plastic free alternative that all libraries used. 

1 year ago on When a Plastic-Free Book is Covered in Plastic

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@Shdfx1 I love your chicken broth idea! I keep forgetting to try this. As far as a plastic freezer bag alternative, try these http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/09/plastic-free-in-freezer-airtight/

They work wonderfully! 

1 year ago on Would You Use A Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray?

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@kdfgreene I actually cut my finger while trying to open a blister pack the other day, super annoying and completely unnecessary. 

1 year ago on So many cool, plastic-free innovations; so little time and blog space

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@Denised So glad you're finding plastic alternatives that you can incorporate into your daily life from Beth's book. I've also seen Plastic Free, covered in cellophane at my local library. I love your idea of having libraries wrap the book using a paper photocopy of the book cover. I think you're on to something...

1 year ago on Win a Plastic-Free Book! Take the Quiz & Make a Pledge

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@HelenWeder I understand your frustration. Our current society is so different than it was in the 70's. The Internet revolution has made us expect instant gratification when it comes to information and with it, we have become a lot busier and a much more multitasking society. With this new Internet age and the copious amount of information it affords us, I hope we use it to find better ways of being kinder to the environment and develop better  alternatives such as non disposable plastic diapers. 

1 year ago on Plastic-Free Diapers – Change Them, Donate Them

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@Catherine N Great question! I just got off the phone with Timothy of in.gredients Grocery Store and he said they are very careful about cross contamination of their products especially when it comes to gluten free items. They make sure to follow proper handling protocol when dealing with these types of items. They have some suppliers who only make gluten free products so the chance of cross contamination is very low. Timothy also gave an example of their gluten free pizza dough that they get from a supplier who also makes non gluten free dough. So that suppliers facility could have a higher probability of having cross contamination than with suppliers who offer only gluten free products. I try and eat gluten free mostly myself but only have a slight allergy to gluten. For those suffering from celiac disease I would be more weary of buying items that came from suppliers who sell both gluten free and gluten products as well. Hope this helps. 

1 year ago on So many cool, plastic-free innovations; so little time and blog space

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Great job Ellen and Pedro! I enjoy veggie burgers but the store bought ones always come in plastic so I started making my own. http://cookieandkate.com/2013/sweet-potato-black-bean-veggie-burgers/


1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1

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@Arjan Klapwijk Thanks for the info. 

1 year ago on Should We Worry About Little Plastic Produce Stickers?

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@jowaters Mmmmm, homemade ice cream, that's even better! If every company gave discounts to customers who provided their own containers, then more people would be ditching throw away plastic and paper containers. The problem is currently these throw away containers and to go packaging are so cheap to make that businesses like your local creamery don't feel the need to offer any type of discount. 

1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Jo, Week 1

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@Chitra Glad to hear Lush is now showing their ingredients for their fragrances. Thanks for the info. 

1 year ago on Coloring Hair with Henna: Non-toxic and Almost Plastic-free

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@Dianne Yes, you are correct. If I was in the hospital there would be many plastic materials that I would rely on to help save my life. Clothing can be purchased without plastic materials however. Working on ways to eliminate single use plastics like cups, straws, silverware, food, hygiene products and toiletries, these are areas I try and make an impact on in my everyday life in order to limit waste. We are a throw away nation where many of us think very little about how we dispose of something. In order to protect our planet and our own species, finding ways to limit the amount of waste we create is immensely important. 

1 year ago on Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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@GMD I do the same thing since I don't have much space in my tiny San Francisco apartment. Sometimes I'll just take a photo and then just send it to myself. 

1 year ago on Help! I’m buried under paper and I can’t get up!

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@Rachel Hardwick Sounds like Seventh Generation is listening to our packaging concerns. I'm curious to see what changes Seventh Generation will be making next year in regards to their packaging. I really hope having more control of their packaging and distribution means that they are willing to ditch plastic material all together. Thanks so much Rachel for being proactive and writing to Seventh Generation. This is how change happens! 

1 year ago on Seventh Generation & Amazon.com: Solving my toilet paper problem

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@susanpub I know what you mean, I was surprised to learn these facial scrubs were laden with plastic as well. Although coffee grinds aren't as small, they are extremely gentle. Give them a try and let us know what you think. 


1 year, 1 month ago on Take Action — No More Plastic Micro-beads in Facial Scrubs!

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Welcome Jo and family! I am thrilled your youngest son felt so inspired after seeing the movie Bag It. Having the entire family involved in reducing plastic waste is key and also, a great learning experience for your two sons. Have you seen Beth's earlier post on how she acquires plastic free ice cream? Beth found a local ice cream shop where she lives that is willing to fill her container that she brings from home. You can read her earlier post on the topic by clicking the link below. 

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/eating-ice-cream-for-breakfast-plastic-free-zero-waste/

Looking forward to seeing how you and your family find plastic alternatives. 

Thank you so much for posting! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Jo, Week 1

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Great job so far! I can see contact solution being hard to come up with a plastic alternative. If you are able to find saline and hydrogen peroxide that aren't in plastic, then you can make your own contact solution and it will cost you much less. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Sybil, Week 1

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@Rachel Hardwick Kudos to you for writing to Alice.com! I'm glad they are taking some responsibility and discussing this issue with their operations team. Thank you for the update Rachel! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Seventh Generation & Amazon.com: Solving my toilet paper problem

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@M Do you have any kids? Perhaps you can use old shower gel to make a bubble solution. Kids love blowing bubbles! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Take Action — No More Plastic Micro-beads in Facial Scrubs!

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@Launie Thanks for helping spread the word on plastic. I'm sorry to hear the books you order through Amazon came with plastic pillows. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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@bibliophile Real rubber actually comes from a tree so it's an organic material. I checked out the Weck Jars website but couldn't find any detailed information regarding the exact type of materials used for the lids. Some products are made from what looks like rubber but are actually made from plastic. Here's another article that might be helpful. 

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/10/glass-jars-lids-final-word-i-hope/

1 year, 1 month ago on Canning Food for the Winter is Plastic-Free — Except for the Jar Lids!

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@Cassidy Noble Thanks for the info Cassidy. Now I know where I can retire my trusty Chico bag that I've had all these years. My handle started to tear recently and I'm going to try and sew it first. But it's nice to know we can retire our bags to be re-purposed into some new. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Beware the Reusable Bag Monster

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@ariang555 @Loving my multimeter That's very useful information. Thank you for sharing! 

1 year, 1 month ago on How I Fixed My Broken Rice Cooker: The Complete Illustrated Instructions

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@Suzanita I'll have to try your organic cane sugar facial scrub. I've been using a little of the left over coffee grinds from my morning coffee with a mild soap as a facial scrub. Works good for me! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Take Action — No More Plastic Micro-beads in Facial Scrubs!

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@AlexFranco Couldn't of said it better! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Turtleback Listens! Company to Make Product That Degrades in Sea Water.

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@MamaS Wow, five hours! That is some serious dedication. How nice of your father in-law to join in on the operation and weld you a spanner nut wrench, wish I had a welder in the family :) And yes, it does sound like your washer is possessed! Sorry to hear it didn't work out. 

1 year, 1 month ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Roamin Traveler Hello! Yes, items you mentioned like your computer, mouse, and phone are all made from plastic and so are mine. This all feels very overwhelming at first. The best thing you can do is start small. Find ways of avoiding the purchase of new plastics. Such as buying toilet paper that's wrapped in paper instead of plastic, buying groceries in bulk, etc. Just realize this is huge problem that we all face and it can't be fixed overnight. 

1 year, 1 month ago on From the Waste Up – A Movie About Learning to Live Plastic-Free

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@Lara S Glad you enjoyed this post! Thank you for reading and hopefully you share this post with others so more people can see first hand how plastics and other pieces of discarded trash we use end up polluting the environment. 

1 year, 1 month ago on The Beauty of Picking up Plastic

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@MamaS Wonderful! Let us know how it turn out! 

1 year, 1 month ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Another Idea I love your family cloth idea and enjoyed checking out your blog. I think family clothes are a great alternative. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Seventh Generation & Amazon.com: Solving my toilet paper problem

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@Rachel Hardwick Hello, glad to hear you're a fan of the blog. That's too bad your tp came with air pillows, I mean what exactly does toilet paper need protecting from anyways right?? If you still wish to purchase Seventh Generation toilet paper through their website, I would contact them and find out if you can have them omit any of the plastic packaging. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Seventh Generation & Amazon.com: Solving my toilet paper problem

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@grnyr Hey, I just reread your question. I found a product that doesn't contain plastic called Kishu.

You can find more info by checking out their website: http://www.lifewithoutplasticblog.com/2012/11/waters-friend-kishu.html

One thing you might want to do first is to find out what you are trying to eliminate from your tap water. To do this you would first need to have your water tested which can easily be done by purchasing a home water testing kit. By the way, Beth's book Plastic Free has lots of information about testing your tap water and water filters. 

This product isn't certified by the Environmental Working Group and we haven't tried it yet but it's worth looking into. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@grnyr Hello and thank you for your comment. Did you know you can now recycle your britta water filter? 

Check it out here http://myplasticfreelife.com/takebackthefilter/BritaFilterRecycleReleaseFINAL.pdf

and here http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/11/brita-and-preserve-announce-filter/

1 year, 1 month ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@CanadaGuyWell said! Taina comes across as someone very relatable and non judgmental. The experience she has after ordering a coke without a straw but then ending up with one anyways has happen to me too. It's so frustrating! 

1 year, 1 month ago on From the Waste Up – A Movie About Learning to Live Plastic-Free

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@Sand   Hello! I also switched to stainless steel lunch boxes and I love that my food doesn't pick up any of that stale plastic taste nor does it smell of plastic. I'm a big a fan!

1 year, 3 months ago on Tips for Creating Zero Waste, Plastic-Free Events

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@Natalie   You are very welcome! I've also tried Lush and usually their products smell too strongly for me so they aren't my favorite. Vinegar and baking soda works great! My only issue is I have to supplement this with some traditional conditioner a few times a month and or a leave in conditioner. I have curly/wavy hair so I deal with dryness. But sounds like the vinegar and baking soda approach would work great for your hair type. Try it and tell me what you think. I definitely like how much money this method saves me. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Natalie, Week 1

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@Carin   India and Ireland also have banned all plastic bags. I know in the case of India it was out of dire need due to their population size. Plastic bags were actually clogging their sewers which let to mass flooding.

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic grocery bags: Ban them, tax them, or knit fake plastic fish?

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@MerleeSherman  I'm actually a big fan of Uncle Harry's Toothpaste as well. Wish I lived close enough so I could have them refill my containers.

1 year, 3 months ago on Eco-Friendly Toothbrush Review

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Great week 4 Rik! I'm curious; does your bar shampoo mention around how many uses each has? I'm about to make the switch to bar shampoo as well. Another option, is washing your hair with about 1 teaspoon (depending on how much hair you have, you can use more baking soda) diluted with water. Then, you can rinse your hair with   apple cider vinegar also diluted with water. Again, it depends on how much hair you have but for my shoulder length hair I use about 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar. I'm going to start switching back and fourth between these two methods (baking soda + apple cider vinegar and bar shampoo) and see how my hair reacts. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Rik Boland, Week 4

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Welcome Natalie! Bringing your own reusable coffee cup is not only preventing the use of plastic in that one instance, it is also providing an example to others. These types of actions can leave a lasting impression and an impetus of change. One way I was able to make a big change in my plastic use was by buying groceries in bulk. Do you live by a grocery store that sells bulk items. Many times you can even find several quinoa varieties in the bulk section. Thank you for posting and congratulations on making a commitment to lessening your plastic footprint. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Natalie, Week 1

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@Peggy MastrudeI appreciate your comment and find it so comforting knowing others have been living a green lifestyle long before societies current environmental awareness begins to reach momentum.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@shelleyshell7   Good job on making changes, gradual is best so that this new lifestyle doesn't feel so overwhelming. Can you tell me what you use the plastic bottle brush for? That might help give me ideas for an alternative. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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You're right about how much planning is involved in reducing plastic consumption. I must say though, it does get easier over time. So far one of the hardest things for me to give up has been delivery service. Some nights I'm so exhausted and I'd like nothing more than to have Thai or Chinese delivered. There are only a handful of restaurants that will deliver without plastic unfortunately. Thankfully, I live in a very urban environment so now I just bring my container to restaurants near my house and take my meal home. You're doing a great job, keep it up! 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Rik Boland, Week 3

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@Joyfully Green   Sorry to hear you had to rewrite your post a few times. I'll let you know if I come across anymore interesting books regarding garbage.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Without Conclusion   I'm really glad you brought up Fresh & Easy. I remember when they first arrived in San Francisco and how shocked I was once I visited a store. Everything is packaged in plastic and the whole stores concept is "take away". Horrible!

1 year, 3 months ago on What Do You Think of the Plastic Produce Packaging at Trader Joe’s Nowadays?

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@Clif   :) 

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Joyfully Green  Hey, nice blog! Garbage Land is a great book. I'd also recommend Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, by Heather Rogers. Two other books I've read for my geography classes that I really enjoyed were Planet of Slums by Davis, M. and The Long Emergency by Kunstler. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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I'm curious how well the shampoo bars work. I have a friend who swears by them but she has stick straight hair. I have big curly hair and am hesitate to give up my currently shampoo which I am to purchase at refill store. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Colleen T, Week 3

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You did remarkably well this week Melody! When I think back to the Easter's of my childhood they were filled with plastic toys and decorations. Great job! I thankfully live near a huge co-op that has a large variety of teas in bulk so I'm able to get away from plastic when buying tea now. But not everyone has this option.

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Melody, Week 5

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@NutItOut   Hooray for t-shirt bags! I love them too and only recently acquired one. I also always carry my one chico bag which has been with me for four years now.

1 year, 3 months ago on Beware the Reusable Bag Monster

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@Eve Stavros   Thanks for sharing this adorable video, the little girl is too cute! I try and tell my friends how much money they can save by forgoing plastic trash bags. As this video shows, they clearly aren't needed. For my house since we have a compost bin, I can get away with not using any type of garbage liner. I just simply take my trash can out to the large collection bin and dump it into there. I haven't had to really clean out my kitchen garbage can since we compost all food scraps so it doesn't get yucky or smelly. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Aric Bickel, Week 1

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It's so hard to find plastic free cheese which drives me nuts since I love it so much. Great job on Week 4, you are making us proud! 

1 year, 3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Melody, Week 4

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@Greenrunner   Sounds like you will soon have quite the flourishing garden. Would love to see some photos!

1 year, 3 months ago on Gardening Without Plastic, Part 2: Planting and Replanting

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@Eve Stavros   I must find how you managed to make a plastic free version of tiramisu since I haven't found a non plastic version of mascarpone cheese. I love your idea of providing plastic free dessert recipes. I have tons of tips and am happy to share. One strategy I use is buying all of my flours in bulk as well as sugars and spices. Do you have a particular dessert recipe in mind?  

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Fioridelsole   Glad you found Beth's site helpful. I got into the practice of bringing my own tiny toiletry bottles with me on trips which I then refill once I'm back home so they are ready for my next trip. Let us know what your company comes up with as a solution.

1 year, 3 months ago on Luxury Hotel Says No to Single-Sized Shampoo Bottles

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@Listy13   Awe thank you! Nice to see a comment from you on here!

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@michaeldoughty   :)

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@EcoCatLady  Yes, these strange contraptions are actually meant for your exercise enjoyment. Each boot weights 5lbs so you exert more energy with each step. The bottom of the shoe has a spring which makes you lift up fairly high. It's a strange feeling, euphoric even and you actually don't feel unstable. Check out this video to see Kangoo Jumps in action: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKfRfoChNQ0

Apparently Kangoo Jumps are great for people with bad knees as they lessen the strain on your joints. 


1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Clif   YAY Clif! I'll gladly take thy torch and hold it proudly! I enjoyed every minute of my geography education and look forward to working in this field. Did you end up working in some type of geography related field?

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Hollie - Salt Water   Hi Hollie! Thanks for the support!

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@H on Lorelei    Thank you for the warm welcome! My sister who is expecting her second child is running into many plastic dilemmas. I receive weekly phone calls from her asking for plastic alternatives.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@the_leaky_pen @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator   Ah I see, that's too bad.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Penelope   Yes, they are in fact made mostly from plastic. I did however buy them used from Ebay.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@the_leaky_pen   Wow, sorry to hear your university axed the sustainability studies department. Which school is this? 

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@Eco novice   Me too! I love being a part of this community and getting to know everyone! This is so much fun already!

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@SingleUsePlanet  Hi Jessica! Nice to hear from an SFSU alum :) I took Geog 666 in the Spring of 2012 with Jen Blecha. It was such an inspiring class and really motivated me to find more ways of being better to our planet. Yes, I would love for us to meet! I'll ping you on FB. Thanks for the comment.

1 year, 3 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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@MCKake Hi there! Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed Beth's book, 'Plastic Free'.  The sad truth is all libraries currently cover books in plastic. Beth actually wrote a blog post on the topic which you can check out here: 

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/06/when-a-plastic-free-book-is-covered-in-plastic/

One thing you might do is to contact your local library and inquire with them on a more sustainable way to protect their books. 


1 year, 4 months ago on Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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@paulaboub ME TOO! I will have to remember this next time I'm in the U.K.!

1 year, 4 months ago on Peppersmith Makes Chewing Gum Without Plastic

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Hi Colleen! Great job on refusing 3 plastic bags this week! Keep up the good work!

1 year, 4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Colleen T, Week 2

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