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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.

1 week, 3 days 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/

3 weeks 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/

3 weeks 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.  :-)


1 month, 3 weeks 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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/

2 months 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/)

2 months 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/
 

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 1

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@Stevi Thank you!

2 months, 3 weeks 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.)

2 months, 3 weeks 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/)

2 months, 3 weeks 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/

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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!

2 months, 3 weeks 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.

2 months, 3 weeks 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/

2 months, 3 weeks 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

2 months, 4 weeks 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?

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush

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

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush

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@ Assilem It still works great!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush

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@Maggie W Hi Maggie.  This contest is over, but there is another one happening here:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2014/07/balm-babys-plastic-free-july-challenge-giveaway/  You could win a copy of the book or lots of other plastic-free items.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

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Jessica, I also posted a blog specifically about the blender this week. http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/09/why-i-love-my-blender/

3 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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Connie, here's the link: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/09/why-i-love-my-blender/ Shirley Conlon Organics, it's kale. The recipe is in the link above the image. 

3 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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Melissa, I haven't had it long -- only a few weeks -- but my friend Mark has had his for a couple of years I think. I read some of those reviews too and didn't really understand them. One review said the thing moved all over the counter when it was running. Mine doesn't. It's solid and heavy and stays put. You don't have to hold it steady. Other people said they can't make smoothies with it. I've been making nothing but smoothies. Maybe they were trying to make smoothies without adding any liquid. I include a cup of kombucha in my smoothie, and it blends just fine. It's not instantaneous. I turn it on and let it go while I clean up the apple cores and put away my ingredients. It goes for maybe 4-5 minutes. I really love it -- but I don't expect miracles from it.

3 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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Hi Angelo. It is not available in PDF format, but you can get it digitally on Kindle or via Kobo. It is not yet available in other languages. A publisher would need to purchase the rights from the American publisher, Skyhorse, in order to translate it.

3 months, 1 week ago on Plastic Free -- How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

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@Sarah S  Thanks for being honest.  I have been using cut up rags to blow my nose and I love them.  A lot softer than paper tissue.  :-)

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

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@Susan  Hi.  If you're interested in the Swiffer pads, here's my review of them from a few years back when I first tried them.  The company used to be called Picnic Basket Crafts.  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2009/08/picnic-basket-crafts-interview-give/

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

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@oceangirl92647  There are lots of healthier alternatives.  For an intro, check out this list:  http://plasticfreeguide.com

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

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@My journey with Plastic  Hi.  Where did you post the question about q-tips and emery boards?  It must have been on a different post.  Do you know which one?

6 months ago on How Fracking is Driving the Plastics Industry

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@zambooka  I think this is a good step.  Yes, they are still using plastic, but a lot less of it.  Hopefully, they can figure out a way to recycle the bags that doesn't involve shipping them through the mail.  If the stores that sell the bags would collect them for recycling, that would save on fuel.  Perhaps the company could work with the stores that sell their product to come up with such a system.

6 months ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@KinderOrganic  Hi.  Would you please contact me to discuss via email?  beth at myplasticfreelife dot com.  Thanks for your interest!

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

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I think I may be able to fix it without adding more webbing. But thanks so much. I'll email you if I think I can use it after all.

6 months ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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@KarenScribner Yeah, I'm one of the sensitive teeth people.  I always order my drinks without ice, but a straw is still helpful.  A "No Straw" button would be awesome.  I'll mention that idea to Milo and Odale (the kid and mom who started the Be Strawfree campaign) when I see them next month.

6 months ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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I'm collecting ideas for a global database of solutions. I hope you'll share any resources you find in France.

6 months 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."

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 1 week 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?

6 months, 1 week 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.  

6 months, 1 week 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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Pressure Cooker Beans - Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

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