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I struggled with iron levels for years and had mild anemia during my first pregnancy.  I got married immediately after and we switched almost all our cookware to cast iron.  A couple years later, during my second pregnancy, my midwife called me a magnet.  No trouble with iron or anemia at all.  I don't even take supplemental iron anymore.  I also never eat any meat (I eat fish but it doesn't have much iron).  There is a learning curve with cast iron but it's really easy once you get the hang of it and when the pans are no longer new.  I suggest a book like Cast Iron for Dummies, which states stuff you probably already know but in a way that makes you remember it for practical application.


9 months, 1 week ago on Reducing Plastic by Staying Healthy

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I would freeze stuff in it.  Yes, we have year-round produce here, but that doesn't mean everything grows year round.  When I grow my own, I like to freeze extras.  Kale is a great one.  I could probably fit 2 bunches worth in that gallon container (wash, dry, trim if needed, pack tightly).  Put the frozen hunk on a roasting pan with some oil and salt and stir as it defrosts.  Comes out great.

It would also be a great container to keep moths out of.  I have lots of little baggies and paper bags of bulk food items and it would be nice to put them into something like this vs yet another plastic bag (once you have moths, everything has to be sealed).  

Cyndi


10 months, 1 week ago on My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container

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@BethTerry Sorry I didn't think to ask her name.  I told the receptionist I wanted sales and she asked if this was my first time calling.  The woman she sent me to said she was in customer service.

1 year ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.

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@BethTerry Just got off the phone with them.  And thank you wow!  All of their labels are digitally printed.  The biostone sounds awesome and yes I can throw the whole thing in the compost (I assume there is a peel off backing and I don't know what that's made out of but the label I give to the consumer can all go in the compost).  They also do PLA digitally but say they aren't compostable (I had the impression they were based on conversations with other manufacturers but I think they were hedging).

Down side?  A bit pricey.  Though prices drop fast when you get more labels.  Still going to run me at least 20-30 cents per label (standard plastic ones are 10-12 cents IIRC, been a while since I ordered them).

Another up side?  They're water resistant.  I'll have to run tests but she said other bath and body care manufacturers have used them.  This means I can have better labels on those products (I also make liquid soap and shampoo) even if the containers don't go in the compost.  Plus, if I use the same size as the soap bars, my label price will drop.

Oh and she'll be telling "upper management" about your blog, as I told her you're the one who referred me.

I'll let you know how the samples work out.  This is so awesome and really very very hard to find.  You got lucky with your search.  Really.

Next job for you: get organic (and non) produce packers to use compostable labels for fruits and vegetables.  Seriously, I have 4 year old home compost and you can still read those damn labels.

Thanks again!

Cyndi

Tikvah Organics


1 year ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.

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@BethTerry Oh!  Those look cool.  When I clicked on the link yesterday, it came up as an error so I simply went to the main home page to see what I could find.  I'll give them a call after I take my daughter to school today.

1 year ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.

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@BethTerry They do imply they print PLA digitally.  I'll call them on Monday and find out.  Do you support PLA?  I know little about it, save that it is THE label people mention when you say you want "biodegradable."

Since you had said you wanted to talk with that other company about their labels I thought maybe you had the solution.  Sometimes it's not so easy.  Sometimes it's not just that you can't find the perfect solution but that the good one isn't even out there.  I can't tell you how many leads I've pursued, but I'll call this one as promised.

1 year ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.

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"...Is completely plastic-free except for the sticker they slap on it. (Gotta chat with them about that.)"

How about you chat with ME about that?

I'm a small manufacturer making organic soap.  The bar soap is packaged in biodegradable/compostable cellophane (from birch trees) but I can not for the life of me find compostable labels.  I look online, I call places, I go to Expo West every year and I search, without any luck.

There are some labels called biodegradable but I haven't researched it because they don't go through digital printers.  You have to order them with plates, which is more expense and work than I can deal with, but I will do it if that's my only option.  For some reason, no one has yet bothered to adjust the digital printers to accept the biodegradable labels (PLA? I think that's the name).

When I talk to label printing companies they generally haven't a clue what I'm talking about and say they can do it when they really mean "green" labels (less plastic, soy ink, or *horrors* plastic that degrades into tiny little bits).  The ones that do know what they're talking about tell me the issue is not the paper or the ink but the adhesive.

All I want is a basic stick-on label that will stay put on cellophane, won't cost a fortune (which means I need smaller runs and generally this means digital printing), where you can throw the entire wrapper into your compost.  Does not need to be waterproof.  I am open to size and shape (within the basic constraints I have), number of colors, sheen, texture, etc. Needs to be low-toxic over all, not just in terms of compost-friendly.

I've been looking for years.  If you have the solution, please share it!!  (for the good of the earth, not just because I'll bring you some soap next time I'm in Oakland as a thank you :-))

1 year ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.

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I've been searching for natural gum.  My daughter loves to chew it.  She likes Glee and Xylichew but I would rather avoid the plastics.  I've already spoken to the Peppersmith people.  They are so nice.  But yeah not in the US...yet!  Though what my daughter really wants is stick gum.  Why oh why is stick gum so bleeping toxic?  They usually have 2 or 3 artificial sweeteners along with preservatives and other horrid stuff.  I don't get it.  Why is stick gum harder to make natural than pellet gum?  What am I missing here?  I can't find stick gum even with borderline ingredients and rotten packaging.  It's all just awful beyond words.  If you have an extra sample, I'd love for my daughter to try it.  Just one or two pellets is fine, I don't need a whole package.  If she really likes it, I'll find a way to get it.  Thanks!

2 years, 5 months ago on Peppersmith Makes Chewing Gum Without Plastic

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Thank you Beth for this important post.  I appreciate that you look at context and culture instead of passing judgment on people who make different decisions from you.  I saw this in your post about disability (which can generate so much more plastic, use more gas for transport, use more electricity, and so on) and I see it here.  The real problem we have is that we're presented these issues as personal choice (bring your own bag or use plastic).  It's the corporate culture and what is allowed as the default that should change.  In the meantime, us individuals make the best choices we can.

2 years, 6 months ago on Get a Bag and a Receipt: When Social and Environmental Justice Collide

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