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@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.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@MelissaGraves Which liquors specifically?  Most hard liquor is available in glass.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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.  

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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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.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

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@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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July

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@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!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@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.

2 months ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

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@bluespinningplanet Thanks for the tips and the book recommendations!

2 months ago on Gardening Without Plastic, Part 2: Planting and Replanting

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Interesting. Do sassafras twigs taste like root beer?

2 months, 1 week ago on Verdict on Neem Chew Stick Toothbrushes

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Betsy, you should ask for a tour. You're not far from the processing hub!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GreenCitizen does more than recycle your e-waste

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@jaytoolman92 That's correct.  It's not a good idea to reuse plastic bottles.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@jeannie2 Cool boots!  Jeannie, I've had wet feet in the winter for 25 years!!!  This latest rain storm was the last straw.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

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@Sunstreaker Hi.  I'm not a vet, so I can't really answer your question about diarrhea.  There's not really gravy. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Less Impact Cats eat homemade food

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@Anonynmous242 Actually, you are incorrect.  The people in this world who are the most affected by toxic chemicals are those in poor communities.  

2 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@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 ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@foologins  I spoke to Robert Bateman, owner of Roplast Industries, Inc. in Oroville, CA, on August 27,2010.  

3 months ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@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.

3 months ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@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?

3 months ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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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.  

3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 2

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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/

3 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Raven, Week 1

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@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!

3 months, 1 week ago on Home

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@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/



3 months, 1 week ago on Home

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@mojackson10 I don't use the plastic Klean Kanteen cap because I don't know what chemicals are in it.  Better safe than sorry.

3 months, 1 week ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@fritzlinda What are the crates made out of?

3 months, 1 week ago on About Me

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@itissunny I'm so glad you used it as an opportunity to engage someone in a conversation about plastic!

3 months, 1 week ago on When a Plastic-Free Book is Covered in Plastic

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.

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@Redbird46 Hi. See if any of these options work for you:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/collecting-garbage-without-plastic-trash-bags/

5 months ago on Home

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Hi. Will any of these options (at the bottom) work for you? http://thesoftlanding.com/safer-food-dehydrator-shopping-guide/

5 months ago on Home

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@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.  :-)


6 months, 1 week ago on Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

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@zambooka It's actually an old ice bucket I found at a yard sale.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@AneCristi Absolutely.  In fact, I have a post coming up on this very topic.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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/

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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/)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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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:  


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/cosmetics/


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/deodorant/


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/hair-care/


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.


http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/03/how-to-buy-and-keep-cheese-fresh-without-plastic/
 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Robyn Minogue, Week 1

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I think I'm going to have to try this:  http://bottleworld.net/?p=637

6 months, 2 weeks ago on A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners

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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!


Beth

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 1

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@Stevi Thank you!

7 months ago on About Me

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Hi @yuki1.  Malena says you don't have to post your pic to Facebook to enter the giveaway.  You can just fill out the form and enter the Rafflecopter.  (Links above.)

7 months, 1 week ago on BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

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@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/)

7 months, 1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@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/

7 months, 1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@AneCristi Absolutely.  In fact, I have a post coming up on this very topic.

7 months, 1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi. I've been searching for and asking companies for this for seven years. My workaround right now is simply not to drink directly from the lid. My particular mug has a nice smooth rim, so drinking without the lid is comfortable. Of course, this means not drinking while walking or while riding in bumpy vehicles. If you do find a stainless steel mug without a plastic lid, please let me know!

7 months, 1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Thomas Fleming Hi Tom.  I know this comment is several months old, but I just discovered it in my spam folder.  Thank you for this link!  Yes, I do still want Vitamix to do the right thing, but it's good to know there's an option out there for people who can afford it.

7 months, 1 week ago on Quick Action: Ask Vita-Mix to bring back the stainless steel blender pitcher!

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@Nan Sea Love Hi.  Sorry... I know this comment is a few months old, but I just discovered it in my spam folder.  Anyway, I wanted to let you know that since this post was published, I did review Brush with Bamboo.  Here is the review:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/08/brush-with-bamboo-is-my-new-favorite-toothbrush/

7 months, 1 week ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.

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@yuki1 Hi Yuki.  I can ask Malena from BALM! Baby if there is a way for people without Facebook accounts to participate.  I know several other people who are not on Facebook.


At the bulk store, there are several things you could do.  First, of course, is to talk to the manager and explain why you want to use your own container and encourage them to change their policy.  But second, in the meantime, you could just keep reusing the same plastic bags.  Empty the contents into glass or metal as soon as you get home, and bring the bags back to the store to reuse. They never have to know.  :-)


One one more thing... if you really like liquid soap, Taylor House (the parent company of BALM! Baby) sells liquid soap in glass bottles.  Check it out:  http://taylorspureandnatural.com/viewitem.php?productid=72

7 months, 1 week ago on BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

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@cassy Hi Cassy.  I don't have afro American hair, so I really don't know.  That's a good question.  Anyone else know the answer to this?

7 months, 1 week ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush

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@sirisha No because I would rather not use animal products.

7 months, 1 week ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush

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