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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.
7 months 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.
7 months 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/
10 months 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
10 months 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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!
11 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 2 weeks 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
12 months 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!
12 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Dawn Kearns, Week 1
These look pretty snazzy!
1 year ago on I wish I'd known about EcoJarz when I wrote my book
@cspellerin @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Found it, thank you!
1 year 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.
1 year 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!
1 year 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!
1 year 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!
@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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago on It's the Burning Man Plastic Footprint Project!
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.
1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Mark Purdy, Week 2
@angel21 I haven't tried this myself so I'm not sure why it's not working.
1 year ago on Remove Hair with DIY Homemade Sugar Wax: Cheap, Plastic-free, and Dangerous in the Wrong Hands
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.
1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 8
@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.
1 year, 1 month ago on New Vegetarian Eats Ham. Asks, What Kind of Vegetarian Am I?
I just started using the baking soda/tee tree deodorant and I must say it works quite well.
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 6
I love sprouted bread too and am so sad I can't find this in a plastic free alternative.
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 7
Wow, awesome job on week 7! Keep up the good work!
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.
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 6
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:
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 5
@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.
1 year, 1 month ago on Store Report: Whole Foods, Berkeley & E-mail Response
@Ellen and Pedro @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator That's wonderful news about the new store you discovered that has a bulk section!
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 4
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.
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Elle M, Week 1
@Stevi Love Garbage Land!
1 year, 1 month ago on About Me
@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!
@Linda Homemade ice cream is amazing!
1 year, 1 month ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?
@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.
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, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Hannah Spector, Week 1
@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".
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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 4
@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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 3
@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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 2
@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.
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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Katie Dettra, Week 1
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.
1 year, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 5
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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 4
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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 3
Great job Ellen and Pedro! I started packing sandwiches for plane trips and found using parchment paper or wax paper works really well.
@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, 2 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Ellen and Pedro, Week 1
@Ellen and Pedro @Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator Lol, no worries. I knew what you meant :)
@Ellen and Pedro I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing. Do you then bake them or fry them?