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@jimmycrackedcorn If you can get to a Lego outlet, they sell individual pieces in bulk bins. No shipping and no packaging!
2 years, 1 month ago on 3-D Printing: Inspiring Creativity or Just Proliferating More Plastic Crap?
A relative has a makerbot, which just makes plastic crap. Crappy plastic crap, IMO. Although I've seen stories online from people who use their 3d printers to make replacement plastic parts for small appliances like coffee makers. A little DIY plastic to avoid buying a whole new plastic gadget!
I can't wait to hear more about the 3d printers using other materials. Forget the party favors, I want to print customized plates for my kid's birthday party, then toss them all on the compost pile afterwards.
I'm an average size, so I have trouble finding decent clothes secondhand because they're all gone. But I buy most of my kids' clothes secondhand, and they get hand-me-downs from cousins. I've been trying to buy more organic cotton, but everything seems to come in a plastic wrapper anyway. I've been wearing out the same old clothes for years, so my mom gets frustrated and buys me new ones. I don't know where she buys them or how much plastic they're wrapped in, but the ethical dilemma is off my shoulders while I keep searching for elusive plastic-free women's clothing that doesn't consist of t-shirts and hoodies.
2 years, 2 months ago on Feelgoodz natural rubber and hemp flip flops
If you ever publish another book, you could consider a separate library edition, like a lot of children's books have.
2 years, 2 months ago on When a Plastic-Free Book is Covered in Plastic
I don't know what type of cloth diapers you tried before, but I'm a big fan of prefolds. They're all cotton, so they don't get smelly the way all the polyester diapers do. They'll stand up to any wash routine you throw at them. There are diaper forums that have lots of washing tips, but the biggest mistake that happens around here is when someone forgets to give them a rinse in cold water before the hot wash.
Have you tried shampoo bars? I'm a big fan of Chagrin Valley. I didn't think my hubby would go for the switch, but he really likes it. For my little ones, I have one last bottle of tear-free shampoo that I only use when they get something gross in their hair. The rest of the time they're fine with just water. And my two-year-old and I use Product on our hair.
It's so easy to throw advice around, but you're really doing great. You're having success in areas where I'm not. Good job!
2 years, 4 months ago on Plastic-Free Progress Report: Sarah Schmiechen
My kids have turned bandannas into blankets for their stuffed animals, and any sort of bag into a pretend shopping bag, which they use to collect their toys from around the house. Those puppets are so cute, I can't decide which one I like best!
2 years, 4 months ago on Give-Away: Cate & Levi Toys and Puppets from Recycled Sweaters