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Ditto to everything! 2013 was a bad year for health for me as well, and I've been doing more research into Ayurvedic healing and preventive medicine. So far, the herbal combinations for winter have helped me avoid whatever nasty thing's been going around here. A very simple, non-commercial website which I found helpful is Joanna Webber's: http://www.ayurvedicyogi.com/
For colds, she says: Mix 1 tsp each of ginger powder, turmeric and black pepper and take ½ tsp of this mixture with warm water or honey twice a day. Turmeric is a potent natural antibiotic and can be used all respiratory tract infections. Boil half a cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, add a little milk then use as a gargle. Its also great for helping to prevent hay fever and other allergies by reducing the body’s inflammatory response.
Cast iron skillet & dutch oven are my main cooking pans - the only thing I'd add to Frances' comment is that, instead of leaving out to dry, I turn the heat on for a few moments, then wipe with a greased cloth I store in my freezer (yeah, it looks pretty gross, but an easy way to keep the seasoning going).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Reducing Plastic by Staying Healthy
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This year I'm (1) not using any tape in wrapping presents, (2) not purchasing anything made of or wrapped in plastic and (3) making only nearly all plastic-free foods to bring/serve at all parties to show my friends it CAN be done and providing the recipes to encourage them to try.
3 months ago on Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away
So excited about this, I'm relegating my unused old dentist giveaways to my travel kit (where they will last for years) and hopping right over to the website to order a pack. And the 4-pack is on sale right now, with free shipping as well! Gosh, I love a plastic-free bargain!!!
6 months, 1 week ago on Brush With Bamboo is my new favorite toothbrush
I was such a heavy user of micro-bead shower gels and facial cleansers, until I adopted a nearly Plastic Free Life, thanks to Beth. Then I switched to natural goat's milk & olive oil soaps (made locally) and have found that honey is a great facial cleanser (thank you, Crunchy Betty!). My favorite exfoliator, though, is as follows. Save an avocado pit, cut it up into small pieces and let it dry out in a sunny window. Then grind it up in your spice grinder (or mortar & pestle) into a fine powder. A little mixed w/water on your face as you shower (it does get a bit messy rinsing) is super moisturizing, and surprisingly gentle. Wish I could remember where I got this from, to give credit...
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Take Action — No More Plastic Micro-beads in Facial Scrubs!
Thank you for this. It comes at a time when I feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle among my circle of family and friends, and have been backsliding. When faced with the "what difference can I make" frustrations, something like this is just the uplift I need. Most definitely supporting their film!!!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on From the Waste Up – A Movie About Learning to Live Plastic-Free
@RuaLupa Best & cheapest way to store homemade bread: Cut side down on a cutting board, with a brown paper bag covering the loaf. Keeps the cut side fresh/soft, while the crust stays, well, crusty!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Win a Plastic-Free Book! Take the Quiz & Make a Pledge
@Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator @Eve Stavros Cheesecake is one in particular, and ice cream (w/o a special machine). I do buy all flours, sugars, spices, coconut, etc. in bulk. Here's a link to thre recipe, w/mascarpone included. http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/plastic-free-nearly-tiramisu/
And then there's the lady fingers...sigh...which I've had mixed results with, but keep trying. They're easy, but not consistent!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!
@hannah @Eve Stavros Thanks, Hannah. I make mascarpone, which I guess I could use instead of cream cheese, since it's pretty thick. My homemade yogurt I end up eating before I can strain it for baking use!
Welcome Ericka! I'm sure Beth is stoked to have you on board and I look forward to your posts & "meeting' you through the blog. As a dessert maker, perhaps you can give us some plastic-free tips for desserts. I find some ingredients, like chocolate, cream cheese, most flavorings, are hard to find plastic-free alternatives. I have managed to make a plastic-free tiramisu & posted it somewhere around here... Anyway, welcome! Eve
Amanda - I wash & reuse my plastic zip-storage bags, but only for raw veggies now, and haven't bought any new ones in almost four years. BUT, I've made some lightweight cotton bags which I use for the same purpose and they work as well, so when the zip bags die, they're not getting replaced. Tupperware, or other hard plastic containers are not good for food - yes, they keep it fresh, but then you've got the problem of chemicals leaching into the foods and that's not good. The best option is glass - for free, save and use wide-mouth jars from olives, mayo, spaghetti sauces, etc. For cheap, you can sometimes find covered glass casseroles (large & small) at thrift shops. Beth & plenty of other posters have ideas on this, if you search the site for "storage" or "glass". Also, see the Zero Waste Home Blog to see how one woman does it all in glass, from shopping to storage, even fresh meats & fish! http://www.zerowastehome.blogspot.com/search/label/Kitchen
1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Amanda, Week 1
Well, here's the video... :)
1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Aric Bickel, Week 1
Aric, I think reusable dog "business" pickup bags would be sort of yucky to clean. I have two suggestions, both of which I use for cat litter disposal, and cheaper than biodegradable (which I'm still suspicious of):
1. "Reclaim" used plastic bags from the recycle bins at your grocery store, or set up a collection point yourself at work (I did this when I noticed people would bring their lunch in a plastic bag, then toss the bag in the trash, like every day!). Newspaper bags, frozen veggie bags, cereal box liners. I snag them from my less green friends. At least you'll be taking ones that have been used.
2. Make yourself some newspaper bags - I do this for my small trashcan. Because of how it's folded, it would give you flaps which would protect your hand under when scooping. You could make it out of half-sheet newspaper for smaller size. Here's a two-minute video that shows a 9-year-old girl making one, it's that easy!
Welcome Emily! It's so great to see young folks getting on board - gives us more hope for the future. Bathroom products are surprisingly easy to reduce. You can find shampoo & conditioner in bulk at some local health food stores (New Leaf is one in your area) or use a shampoo bar like Lush or J.R. Liggett. As for shavers, I followed Beth's lead and bought a metal double-edge vintage Gillette razor with stainless steel blades for refills. Makes me feel like I'm shaving in a 50's movie and I love the weight of it. Just search this blog for the things you want to replace, and I guarantee you'll find a plastic-free alternative that someone's written about. Good luck!
1 year ago on Plastic Challenge: Emily Stollmeyer, Week 1
Thanks, Leander!! Yeah, I used to live in NL actually (Lisse, then Amsterdam) and one thing I certainly miss are the great candy shops. Here, I don't really eat much candy, it's just when I travel that I get tempted by the local treats, like chocolate-covered licorice in Icelend! Yummy! Thanks for the encouraging words.
1 year, 1 month ago on Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 20
Just when I thought I'd gotten the message out to family & friends...I get a giant box of gourmet international cookies, each in its own little plastic sac...sigh...nothing to do but take one for the team and eat them, I guess!
Beth, in #2 above, the link to the ReUse Alliance doesn't work - takes me to a secure log-in window...
1 year, 2 months ago on What to Do with All That Holiday Plastic
Last year I gave everyone (but the wee kiddies) charitable donations in their name, given as hand-made cards or paper items which represented their gift, and it was a big hit with family & friends. With so many people in the world (esp. my home state of NJ) not having any sort of Christmas at all this year, I feel selfish buying into the whole consume, consume, consume especially when I don't NEED anything! So, expect more of the same this year.
1 year, 3 months ago on Black Friday: To Buy or Not to Buy?
Yeah, totally guilt ridden when my friend brings home a Sweet Frog's frozen yogurt, peanut butter flavor, home just for me in a (ugh) styrofoam cup. But I eat every spoonful anyway! Trying to get her to switch to another shop that uses paper cups.
1 year, 4 months ago on Confession of an Anti-Plastic Activist Caught Red-Handed With a BPA-Lined Can
Funny, I never worry about microbes on soap dispensers because, oh yeah, they diispense soap, which destroys them...
1 year, 4 months ago on Luxury Hotel Says No to Single-Sized Shampoo Bottles
Just thought you should know, I received an email from my library that they have ordered My Plastic-Free Life based on my recommendation! In such a green-minded community as Charlottesville, how could they not?
1 year, 4 months ago on Plastic Free — How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
Good news - the Florida EPass responded to my email and said I could send the transponder back to them. I hope they re-issue it, but at least maybe my action will get them thinking that perhaps the issue of how to dispose of these devices should be their responsibility.
1 year, 6 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Eve Stavros, Week 4