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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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Plastic Challenge: Gina, Week 1
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.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Plastic Challenge: Martha Seaver, Week 1
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/
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Anthony Oram, Week 1
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
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Sheri Puckette, Week 2
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.
4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Sheri Puckette, Week 1
@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!
5 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Sumner, Week 1
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.
5 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Sumner, Week 1
@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
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Aquarian Bath Handmade Personal Care Gift Set
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!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Dawn Kearns, Week 1
These look pretty snazzy!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on I wish I’d known about EcoJarz when I wrote my book
@cspellerin @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Found it, thank you!
6 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie
@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.
6 months ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
@Eve Stavros Heading there now to see if I can also get in on the sale, thanks for sharing!
6 months ago on Brush With Bamboo is my new favorite toothbrush
@cspellerin Thank you for the information. The link you provided is redirecting to Beth's page. Can you try re-posting the link?
Thanks for sharing week 3 of the trash challenge. Now I can't stop dreaming of an Eskimo Pie!
6 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 3
@Random Cathy Glad you are enjoying the tips on the blog and just changing one behavior can make a huge impact!
@KB Yea I can't wait to try this out too. I love green smoothies!
6 months, 1 week ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie
@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?
Let me know if you are not able to sign the petition and I can email it to you.
6 months, 1 week ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!
@rmm635 I've included two links to previous discussions regarding campaigns that I thought might be helpful.
@Sarah I hadn't heard about this but just did some searching and wow, it does seem to be true.
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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on It’s the Burning Man Plastic Footprint Project!