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@cricket In a perfect world, it would be that simple. I don't understand why all washing machines and dishwashers don't come with an easily removable and cleanable filter. Could it be because they want you to call in and pay an "expert"?
1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer
@Neill @Neill Thank you. You have no idea how much your second to last sentence means to me today. :-)
@Jennifer It's so great to be able to do things ourselves. :-)
@Jennifer Jennifer, did you get it off? Sorry I didn't see this post until now. I don't remember now how I got it off... it was so long ago.
@Dr G Thank you. I am totally forwarding this comment to Michael.
@Heather How did it go?
@ajb353 It's now March 2015, and the machine is still alive and well!
@kkc masterpiece How did it go? :-)
@SusanWaite Good luck!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@Mel I believe it's made from a corn-based plastic. Still plastic. And as far as I know, it doesn't have any compostable certifications, so I'm not sure it's actually compostable in normal circumstances.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@MelissaGraves Which liquors specifically? Most hard liquor is available in glass.
@Sarah Hi Sarah. What's to stop you from reusing their containers/bags and putting food in glass when you get home? Just do it without asking. I'm guessing, if you're subtle about it, they won't even know.
@mariana1 Hi. First, I would attempt to find the product or something similar without plastic. Barring that, I do think it's worthwhile to switch the packaging when you get home, just because it's so much more pleasant to live in a plastic-free environment. Buy you're right that much of the damage has probably already been done.
@Ruby HI. I don't have specific information about Invisalign, and I did use that product years ago before I became aware of the problems with plastic. Today, I would not opt for Invisalign. In addition to concerns about possible chemicals leaching into my mouth, Invisalign produces a tremendous amount of waste, as each set is discarded every week or two.
I've been drinking coffee with grassfed butter and coconut oil in the morning for that post month, and I don't need to eat again until 1pm. I make a spicy coffee "chai mocha" by also adding 1tsp each cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, 2 tsp cocoa, 1/8 tsp black pepper, pinch of stevia, and 1/4 tsp vanilla. I keep it from exploding by putting the solid/dry ingredients in the blender with a little coffee, starting the blender, and adding the rest of the coffee gradually through the hole in the lid.
Okay, now I'm going to look for your kimchi recipe.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)
@mhburchard Hi. This is an old post about an event that happened in July. Hopefully, we'll do it again this year. I don't know if there will be a fee.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July
@collinsRyan This is one I have not solved. I bought a bamboo case, and it broke immediately. Then, I was living without a case, and I dropped my phone and broke the screen so bad it would not work. I had to replace the phone. So now I have a heavy duty plastic Otter case because I figure protecting the phone will save more resources in the long run than breaking it and having to replace it. But if anyone else has a better answer, I'd love to hear it!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
@cocoricoucou I haven't found any natural rubber boots that were also natural on the inside... they all seem to be lined with or contain some synthetic material. So I chose the ones that can be recycled at the end of their lives. But I don't think there is a perfect answer.
3 months ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots
@bluespinningplanet Thanks for the tips and the book recommendations!
3 months ago on Gardening Without Plastic, Part 2: Planting and Replanting
Interesting. Do sassafras twigs taste like root beer?
3 months, 1 week ago on Verdict on Neem Chew Stick Toothbrushes
Betsy, you should ask for a tour. You're not far from the processing hub!
3 months, 1 week ago on GreenCitizen does more than recycle your e-waste
@jaytoolman92 That's correct. It's not a good idea to reuse plastic bottles.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
@jeannie2 Cool boots! Jeannie, I've had wet feet in the winter for 25 years!!! This latest rain storm was the last straw.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots
@Sunstreaker Hi. I'm not a vet, so I can't really answer your question about diarrhea. There's not really gravy.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Less Impact Cats eat homemade food
@Anonynmous242 Actually, you are incorrect. The people in this world who are the most affected by toxic chemicals are those in poor communities.
@Plants rule The owner of the plastic bag factory told me his were made with chicken fat. I assume he knows what ingredients he is using. Plastic "recycling" is very energy intensive compared to not using the stuff in the first place.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?
@foologins I spoke to Robert Bateman, owner of Roplast Industries, Inc. in Oroville, CA, on August 27,2010.
@BonnieHildebrand Hi. I never found time to write it. I spoke with Robert Bateman, owner of Roplast Industries, Inc. in Oroville, CA, on August 27,2010.
@Larue I'm not sure what point you are making. None of us is perfect, yet we are doing the best we can and sharing knowledge. How is that hypocritical?
Cans are actually lined with BPA or other plastic coating to keep them from corroding. I avoid metal food and beverage cans (even beer cans) for that reason.
4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 2
@Olivia Yes, There are glass square containers, but they might not be big enough for you. Check these out:
4 months ago on My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container
Hi Raven. The way I store bread is in a cloth bag inside a Life Without Plastic airtight container in the refrigerator. It lasts several weeks that way. This is the container: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/12/my-favorite-useful-airtight-stainless-steel-kitchen-container/
4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Raven, Week 1
@AzraelBCollin I try to obtain those things secondhand, borrow and share, fix things when they break instead of replacing, etc. All ways to reduce our carbon footprint in general. Cheers!
4 months, 1 week ago on Home
@Redbird46 Hi. It's interesting that you feel most of the ideas here seem to be geared towards homeowners, because I am not a homeowner and all of the ideas here are things that I do myself. In fact, reducing my plastic consumption was one thing I felt I could do since I don't own my home and am not in a position to make changes to the actual structure of the building. I agree with you about voting. I agree that personal changes are not enough. However they are important. Here's why: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/01/8-reasons-why-personal-changes-matter/
@mojackson10 I don't use the plastic Klean Kanteen cap because I don't know what chemicals are in it. Better safe than sorry.
4 months, 1 week ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
@fritzlinda What are the crates made out of?
4 months, 1 week ago on About Me
@itissunny I'm so glad you used it as an opportunity to engage someone in a conversation about plastic!
4 months, 1 week ago on When a Plastic-Free Book is Covered in Plastic
Right now, I'm using baking soda with added essential oils: peppermint, tea tree, cinnamon, and clove. After brushing, I mix some with water to rinse and gargle. It's great.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.
@Redbird46 Hi. See if any of these options work for you: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/collecting-garbage-without-plastic-trash-bags/
6 months ago on Home
Hi. Will any of these options (at the bottom) work for you? http://thesoftlanding.com/safer-food-dehydrator-shopping-guide/
@jeanniepham There was a conflict with one of my plugins, which I disabled. Unfortunately, the blog loads slower after disabling that plugin, but at least it loads. When I get back from Burning Man, I will fix it. :-)
7 months ago on Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers
@zambooka It's actually an old ice bucket I found at a yard sale.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@AneCristi Absolutely. In fact, I have a post coming up on this very topic.
@Shayna Keil You guys are doing a great job. But regarding the olive oil soap toothpaste -- I actually did try it a while back, and I personally couldn't hack it. Everyone's different. Some people swear by it, but I couldn't do it without gagging. I just couldn't handle the taste -- even in tooth chips that have flavoring in them. Here's the post I wrote about it: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/08/searching-for-the-perfect-all-natural-plastic-free-toothpaste-or-powder-or-soap-or/
@Maddiey Yes! Toothy Tabs are great. I didn't realize I hadn't updated that portion of this list. I'll do it right away. Cheers! (Here's my review of them, by the way. http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/08/searching-for-the-perfect-all-natural-plastic-free-toothpaste-or-powder-or-soap-or/)
Hi Robyn. Welcome to the challenge!
The thing about "tins" is that they are coated inside with a plastic lining that usually contains BPA. I personally avoid them.
There are lots of personal care suggestions on this website.
Check out the Plastic-Free Guide: http://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/
And relevant categories:
As for cheese, I'm wondering if you can find unwrapped wheels of cheese? That is what I buy and either grate and freeze portions or share with friends.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Robyn Minogue, Week 1
I think I'm going to have to try this: http://bottleworld.net/?p=637
7 months, 2 weeks ago on A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners
Hi, welcome to the challenge! Yes, I definitely have suggestions for you. Natracare makes compostable pads and tampons. But also, have you considered reusable pads? Or menstrual cups? Here's my post about feminine hygiene: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/plastic-free-feminine-hygiene-it-had-to/
I use a metal safety razor. Here's my post about that: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/plastic-free-shaving-part-1/
My friend Mark makes his own catsup. I included the recipe in my book. :-) But there are also brands you can find in glass bottles -- usually in natural food stores and coops.
Cheers! Let us know your progress!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 1
@Stevi Thank you!
8 months ago on About Me