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11 hours, 43 minutes ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Everything has an environmental footprint, no matter what material it's made from. Those things on your list absolutely "count."

11 hours, 46 minutes ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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I'm glad he was so patient! But what a sense of accomplishment you get when you finally figure things out.

11 hours, 47 minutes ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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Sadly, I think I have thrown out backpacks in the past... before I became conscious of my environmental impact. I used to be the kind of person that enjoyed throwing things away.

11 hours, 48 minutes ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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Probably. I personally would do it for short term storage if I didn't have a glass or metal alternative. But at this point, we've collected so many glass jars, I really don't need to use plastic for food storage. Do you have non-food uses? Office supplies, hardware, art supplies, etc.? Also, consider donating to schools for storing classroom supplies.

11 hours, 49 minutes ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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People with sensitive teeth often find straws helpful. But you know, as with so many pleasurable things in life, sucking a straw might not be necessary, but it can be fun. And one thing I've noticed about carrying a glass straw is that it's a great conversation starter in restaurants. Showing it to restaurant servers and explaining why I don't want plastic helps them remember not to stick a plastic straw in my drink, as they so often do automatically after I've asked them not to.

11 hours, 58 minutes ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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@JudithC  Great idea to buy the whole soap "loaf" and cut it yourself.  What do you use to cut it?  A regular knife?  Does it not crumble?  I'll have to see if our Whole Foods carries that brand.  I don't think I've seen it there.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

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@Kala  Great point!  I hadn't thought of that when I wrote this post.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

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@Carolyn  I do, in fact, use the picture of the inside of my refrigerator with all the glass jars in my presentation as a way to do just that -- let them know it doesn't have to be expensive.  But I just don't emphasize that going plastic-free will save them money over using plastic because I don't want them to think that's the best reason to do it.  You know?

3 days, 11 hours ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

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@camie0  If you freeze them, then you don't have to eat them all at once and get bored.  Just take out a jar of beans when you're in the mood for beans.  

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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@EcoCatLady  You're so funny.  Yes, my pressure cooker will start shooting out steam if I let the pressure get too high.  I think it's very different from the old fashioned kind.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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Sheri Puckette I have a friend who cooks beans in a slow cooker. They're probably more nutritious cooked slowly like that. But for people who would opt for cans because beans take so long to cook, this could be a solution.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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@The Veggie Queen  Thank you for the suggestion to use less water.  I'll try that next time.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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It's possible that slow cooking beans is more nutritious.  But for those of us without the time, I think it's better to use the pressure cooker and avoid BPA than to open a can.  The broth from the pressure cooker is great.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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@colleen  Interesting.  Mine goes up to heat very quickly.  It saves hours, depending on what kind of bean I'm cooking.  According to this article, beans cooked on the stove top in a regular pot should simmer from one to three hours, depending on the type of bean.  I can cook them in the pressure cooker in about 20 minutes if I've soaked them ahead of time.  I'm wondering if yours is defective.


http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-beans-on-the-stove-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-182717

3 days, 11 hours ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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@ScarletBothrium  Your blender sounds a lot like mine.  Yes, like you, I try to avoid having my food come into contact with plastic on a regular basis.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Why I Love My Blender

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@Seplin2003  Let us know how it goes.  And FYI:  I am no longer using shampoo bars but the "No Poo" regimen mentioned above.  Here is my procedure:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2008/06/no-more-poo/

3 days, 11 hours ago on Soap and Shampoo and Deodorant, oh my!

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@7Holly  Awesome!  Let me know if you have any questions.

3 days, 11 hours ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi. Can you please remind me which comment this refers to? This one went in as a separate post, so it's not attached to the original comment as a reply.

1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi Zambooka. This would be a great question for the Discussion Forum. More people will see your question. I don't have a worm bin so I can't answer. http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/

1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi Diane. Welcome to this site.

Your perspective is interesting. My intention in this piece is in fact to show, by personal example, how we are all affected by toxic chemicals whether we ourselves choose to purchase them or not. Perhaps I should have made clear that the retreat was in no way marred by the presence of a plastic blender, but at the same time, the irony did not escape my notice.

As an English major, I was taught to write what I know. I use my life as an example on this blog because it's the only life I'm qualified to report on. And I believe in leading by example rather than preaching. However, I do love guest posts, such as the one right before this one by a Maori woman living plastic-free in New Zealand. Hers is a perspective only she is qualified to write.

As for my carbon footprint, yes I care. And ironically, I still make the decision to fly sometimes. The more you read this blog, the more you'll see that I don't claim to be perfect... I'm not even sure what that would look like.

I hope you'll stick around. We have a great group of people here and are constantly learning and challenging ourselves.

1 week, 1 day ago on Why You Should Sign My Petition — Even If You Don’t Own a Vita-Mix Blender

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Hi mk. I don't know whether the Vitamix pitcher itself has been tested, but the plastic it's made from has been shown to have estrogenic effects. My concern is not for a few uses. I myself used one for a week during my trip. It's the repeated uses and the fact that we are all exposed to a stew of toxic chemicals everyday... from the ingredients in our personal care products to the dashboards of our cars and furniture in our homes. The Vitamix plastic is just one more source of endocrine disrupting chemicals. This petition is not demanding that Vitamix stop producing plastic blenders but asking the company to give its customers a choice. Right now, for people who want a super high speed blender, plastic is the only choice.

1 week, 1 day ago on Why You Should Sign My Petition — Even If You Don’t Own a Vita-Mix Blender

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@KarenScribner Lol. I know what you mean. I find that if I show them my glass straw, they are more likely to remember my request. :-)

1 week, 6 days ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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The problem with Trex is that it cannot be further recycled. But interestingly, I just yesterday spoke with a guy who worked for Safeway's recycling department, and he told me all that plastic film is not shipped to Trex but to China, like the majority of plastic recycling in the United States.

1 week, 6 days ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Zambooka, your progress is great. One step at a time, and you've taken many!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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I personally think it's fine. You can also use them for non-food uses. Or donate to a school for art classes.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on January – April 2011 Plastic Waste Tally

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I use a stainless steel mug from Aladdin. I take off the plastic lid before I drink. But I do like the mason jar idea too. This is the Aladdin mug I have: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000IZ99YU

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi Tinsel. First, congratulations on the changes you've made and those you're about to make. My first piece of advice is to go step by step and not try to do it all at once. My next piece of advice is to get your hands on a copy of my book Plastic-Free, which is really a step by step guide on how to do this. If you don't want to buy it, you can borrow it from the library. There's also an electronic version and an audio version. As for what to do with old plastic, many people donate it to thrift stores, Freecycle, etc. or repurpose it themselves for non-food uses. I'm glad you found this site. I hope the information here is helpful to you.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Evert Fresh Update

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@jonnie  Yep. I've already been doubling up.  :-)

1 month ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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@Anneke  Great idea!  That is what I do when I cook veggies like kale and spinach.  I put serving-sized portions on a tray and freeze them separately before putting them together in my stainless steel container.  I'm guessing beans could work the same way.

1 month ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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