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4)Unpaper Towels (am already an Aquarian Bath convert)

5) I've already been reducing a lot of plastic as per your book, but have not conquered the paper towel habit (which of course come packaged in plastic). I don't like the idea of using paper towels and have cut down a great deal. I first read about these unpaper towels here on your site but haven't gotten around to getting any. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away


Thanks for posting this giveaway! I love how Juniperseed Mercantile has a section devoted to alternatives for paper towels, napkins and baby wipes etc. Over the years I have cut back dramatically on the amount of paper towel I use and for a while thought I was doing a good thing by stocking up on micro fibre cloths, until I learned what microfibres are made from...hmmm.

I am motivated to pick up some of those cotton chenille cloths to finally rid my home of paper towels.

youasamachine (at) gmail (dot) com

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile


So true Beth. Even if we think we are cutting back on the plastics that are touching our food, if we eat in restaurants we have no way of know what type of containers the food is stored in. Some restaurants have open viewing of their kitchen which is great and not so great if you have an eye for plastic detail.

Japanese restaurants usually wrap their beautiful raw fish in plastic wrap. I've watched at other restaurants whereby they use copious amounts of plastic wrap to prepare food and then toss in the garbage. There is a lot of single-use waste in the restaurant world.


1 year ago on Why You Should Sign My Petition -- Even If You Don't Own a Vita-Mix Blender


Hi Beth, 

Finding the right healthy ingredients for my particular needs is one thing but then trying to find them packaged without plastic is another entirely. Having access to these containers is a complete game changer!

Up to this point I've been storing my sliced bread in the freezer in the plastic bag that it comes in. For a while I accepted that I would have to give them up because I didn't want the plastic bags. With a little research, I found out that I can get the same bread without plastic but that I will have to go directly to the local artisan bakery! I would use this container for these loaves of bread and for the special bread that only my son can eat. Though I will have to drive further to get the loaves without plastic, I will coordinate it with another stop where I can refill my liquid soap containers (at The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver) and do my bulk food refill at Whole Foods on that same excursion.

The breads I get are fantastic: All organic - 100% Rye, 100% Barley and Quinoa/ Barley, among other choices with nothing added. 

The second option is to store meat from the butcher. I would take the container with me and have them pre-weigh 1 and 2 pound servings of stewing meat or ground so that when I put them in the large container they will be easier to take out and defrost the exact amount I will need.

Since reading your blog and book I have placed two orders with Life Without Plastic and have been completely satisfied with their products. Only wish I had had your discount code earlier! :)

It's a lot easier to do the right thing when we've go the right tools to do it with!

Kathryn, youasamachine (at) gmail (dot) com

1 year, 4 months ago on My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container


This is so inspiring! So exciting to see something like this is possible. Anything is possible! Thanks for sharing this and so many other options. 

1 year, 5 months ago on In.gredients -- Possibly the Coolest Grocery Store Ever


This is really outstanding. I think a lot about art and creativity and making things. My daughter is a true artist, it has been fascinating to watch her talent emerge.

When my kids were in pre-school their teachers had a centre called: Creation Station. Parents were invited to bring in used items that were destined for the trash that could be used for creating objects. It was wonderful to see what the kids came up with. Better than any store bought toy activity. Creation Station used their imagination and developed their fine motor skills. 

The only draw back was that once these works of "art" were completed, what then? I kept a few because parents do that kind of thing, but one just can't keep it all.  :(

1 year, 6 months ago on Do I Look Good in Plastic?