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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 hours, 49 minutes ago on BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway
@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/)
1 day, 2 hours ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@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/
@AneCristi Absolutely. In fact, I have a post coming up on this very topic.
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!
1 day, 3 hours ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@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.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Quick Action: Ask Vita-Mix to bring back the stainless steel blender pitcher!
@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/
1 day, 13 hours ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.
@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
3 days, 6 hours ago on BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway
@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?
3 days, 22 hours ago on Perfect Plastic-Free Wooden Hairbrush
@sirisha No because I would rather not use animal products.
@ Assilem It still works great!
@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.
3 days, 22 hours ago on Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!
@Jess Yep, I reviewed it in March! http://myplasticfreelife.com/2014/03/give-away-truly-plastic-free-chewing-gum-in-plastic-free-packaging/
4 days, 1 hour ago on Chewing on Plastic? Yum!
Jessica, I also posted a blog specifically about the blender this week. http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/09/why-i-love-my-blender/
1 week, 4 days ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie
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.
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.
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.
2 weeks ago on Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
@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. :-)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile
@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/
@oceangirl92647 There are lots of healthier alternatives. For an intro, check out this list: http://plasticfreeguide.com
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!
@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?
3 months, 1 week ago on How Fracking is Driving the Plastics Industry
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
@KinderOrganic Hi. Would you please contact me to discuss via email? beth at myplasticfreelife dot com. Thanks for your interest!
3 months, 1 week ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
3 months, 1 week ago on Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack
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.
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?
I'm collecting ideas for a global database of solutions. I hope you'll share any resources you find in France.
Everything has an environmental footprint, no matter what material it's made from. Those things on your list absolutely "count."
I'm glad he was so patient! But what a sense of accomplishment you get when you finally figure things out.
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.
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.
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.
@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 months, 1 week ago on Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?
@Kala Great point! I hadn't thought of that when I wrote this post.
@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?
@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 months, 1 week ago on Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA
@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.
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.
@The Veggie Queen Thank you for the suggestion to use less water. I'll try that next time.
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.
@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.
@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 months, 1 week ago on Why I Love My Blender
@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 months, 1 week ago on Soap and Shampoo and Deodorant, oh my!
@7Holly Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions.
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
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/
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why You Should Sign My Petition — Even If You Don’t Own a Vita-Mix Blender
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.
@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. :-)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life