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@BethTerry @SarahKathrynSchumm Yeah, that's one reason I'm still on the fence about whether or not to get it. Is "assembled in" the United States enough of a push in the right direction or should I keep holding out. Working in manufacturing I have more insight into why things get outsourced than your average person so a part of me feels like, as with the product I build, if enough people buy something that's going in the right direction, even if it isn't perfect it will create more demand. Like it would be great if we COULD make cars everyone can afford, but we can't yet, but everyone who buys the expensive one is helping pay for the development of the affordable one.
1 year, 3 months ago on It's #BlogActionDay and My Smartphone May Be Violating Your #HumanRights
@BethTerry You could probably cut the broken parts off clean and turn them down so they were round and then cut threads in them, then you would do kind of what you did with the ear drop container, but use a metal pipe, it would probably be much more trouble than its worth though. If you had access to a CNC machine you could design a replacement part and cut the whole thing out of metal, but that's way expensive if you aren't doing it for fun with scrap metal. One of the perks of my old job that I miss and did not use enough was being able to do personal projects.
Things like the little bracket that hold it to the wall are quite easy to make in metal though!
1 year, 3 months ago on Lessons Learned from Failed Plastic Plumbing Repair
You know what might be handy? A lot of times I read your blog and think "I could make that out of metal" I learned a lot of my basic machining skills from taking a class at CCSF. There's one on Saturday that's really fun, if it's the same guy it's a retired shop teacher and machinist who teaches to keep himself busy. You should check it out!
@KatherinEdwards ^ what she said.
In my case I need it for work because I work in a large factory with two locations, frequently we need to relay design information and information on production, to my boss or engineers sometimes very detailed minute to minute, while my boss is coordinating in another building and text is the fastest clearest way to do this. I don't have ready access to a computer so e mail doesn't work, and it saves a lot of energy versus having a telephone line or computer at my station. Sometimes an engineer would even be out of state or even the country at a supplier and need to give me a design revision, it saves a lot of waste, when you consider how much the things I make cost to manufacture in material, energy and money. This is about 80% of what I actually need a smart phone for, right now my phone isn't capable of accepting e mails or blueprints, and it would really help if it could.
This post resonates with me because I have been hemming and hawing about getting a smartphone. I got the cheapest no contract one I could find and it was a huge mistake, now with only about 8 hours of battery life at work, tops and horrible reception at work ( work is the only reason I "needed" a smartphone) So now I have no choice but to replace it 3 months after buying it. I want to buy the MotoX specifically because it's the first American Made smartphone, but the idea of dropping upwards of $600 on a phone or having a contract is daunting, but I want to send the message that where the phone is manufactured actually matters to me.
@Cbuilder If you are in California some Big Lots sell better cheap wine. It's actually usually good wine that there is a surplus of. Also Grocery Outlet has an amazing cheap good wine section, along with plastic free produce.
1 year, 4 months ago on Another Trader Joe's Rant. This Time It's Ice Cream.
I confess I've slacked off a lot as far as letting plastic creep back into my life. I even bought a clamshell of strawberries today. :( I might need to go back and look at my own YouTube. The weird thing is, so many habits have stuck that even when I'm slacking I make so much less trash then I used to.
I have a bag from "Manniquin Modeling School Detroit" that is similar. I have made clones of it and given them as gifts. I was sad that after 20 odd years it started to get holes in it, although as long as it's lasted it will probably be around at least another 10 before the holes get bigger.
1 year, 12 months ago on Beware the Reusable Bag Monster
AHA! I remembered my trick for avoiding the reusable bag monstor this morning when I headed to the Farmers market, I know a lot of you aren't going to like this one, though, lol! I have a really pretty one that I bought because it had everything I wanted, and having that "One Perfect Bag" helps me remember it and keeps me from accumulating new ones. I have about 5 or 6 in regular rotation, 2 or 3 live in the car and 2 or 3 rotate in and out of the house, and a chico bag lives by the dog leash in case I buy something in the neighborhood. I'm going to come right out and admit I have a couple different ones to match different outfits.
My trick for remembering my bags is one I haven't heard yet, If I somehow end up with a plastic bag from a store, the deal is I have to fill it up with litter. After two years of doing this I take very few bags, I got in the reusable bag habit early though, I'm still using one I got when I was 16, which shows you how long the canvas bags last. My RAP Jack Johnson bag only lasted a year :(
Excellent post! I also hate to fly. I think targeting companies we actually like and want to patronise is the best option, we are their customers after all.
2 years ago on Dear Virgin America, I Love You, But Not Your Plastic Bottles
I'm always very disturbed by the "poor people can't afford to go green" stereotype/debate/thing. Mainly because it smacks of the success of greenwashing to me. Washing your dishes with baking soda is cheaper and works better than dish soap, rags are free and paper towels are not free. LIke I said in my other post I use bagges for leftover at the last minute, too, but I have bought two fifteen count packs in the past 3 years, not a 99ct pack because reused peanut butter and jam jars are free and plastic baggies cost money. Straws aren't really neccessary at all unless you have swallowing issues, and then you can find metal ones or reusable plastic for about 2 or 3 dollars, which is the same as a couple packs of disposable ones. even reusable cloth cleaning towels are only about a dollar or two if you don't mind getting them from the dollar store or big lots and you can use them for free just about forever, so its not like they really cost more than paper towels, they cost about the same. Also I use old newspapers as paper towels a lot, and they are also free.
2 years, 1 month ago on Are Plastic Ziploc Bags Suddenly Green or Greenwashed?
I confess, I'm guilty of still using and usually re-using ziploc baggies,even since I've tried to reduce my plastic footprint I've had to buy new ones when I just don't have anything else to freeze in and my berries are about to go bad, and I've found that for re using, the ZipLoc brand is the best. Same reason as stated before by someone else, I have a small freezer and not enough jars. I do admire what SCJ has done to go green pretty much on their own without a lot of outside pressue, other companies that size certainly aren't doing it and would do well to follow their lead.
2 years, 2 months ago on Are Plastic Ziploc Bags Suddenly Green or Greenwashed?
Experince Chrismases are the best, especially for adults. I did one with my former husband's family when a family friend was trying out for the Olympics and it was one of the best Christmases ever, and another year one of my friends got us all tickets to "Wicked" it's the answer to the problem of someone having everything.
2 years, 2 months ago on Black Friday: To Buy or Not to Buy?
I did the Black Friday thing for the first time last year, it was not worth it except that I ran into some of my favorite former students, so oddly, my biggest gain from Black Friday was totally immatterial. I always thought it was kind of silly to try to do "Buy Nothing Day" on Black Friday when no one would notice. I think there is such a thing as mindful consumerism and it is important, it's a little self serving since my job is to make expensive electric cars, but you have to buy new sometimes, and when you do, it makes sense to know what you are *really* buying. It's also a lot harder to always buy used, when I wasn't working so many hours I was good about it, not so much any more. I'm hoping to work up enough energy to work in the garden and surf this year. I will need to buy bedding plants, so I think it will be a green friday, literally, since probably everything I buy will be the color green.
I've wanted a real canvas army surplus tent for Burning Man for years. It's the best solution I've seen, much more comfortable than an RV, IMHO. I went in one and it was like a house. You could also build a Yurt, there is one on instructables called "Yurt without steel" that I've wanted to build.
2 years, 4 months ago on Night at the Aquarium on a Plastic-Free Camping Cot
I also stayed completely covered my first couple of burns and gradually got more and more naked. But I could never waste an opportunity to wear day-glo and fake fur in the middle of the day by being totally naked.
2 years, 4 months ago on Plastic-Free Sunscreen that Passes the Burning Man Test
I knew you would love it! I'm hoping I can go next year, but those electric cars don't build themselves. Now you have a whole year to thrift all the essentials! When I get a chance I'll show you my very expensive low plastic light up jewelry.
I was a regular burner for 7 years but I haven't been the past couple of years because I've been working on Model S. My biggest peice of advice is to have a warm coat for night time. Thrift Store Faux Fur works best. I'd be willing to loan you some of mine. Also, costumes are more important than you would think. I'd love to see what kind of plastic free costumes you can come up with. Ski Goggles work best over glasses. I used to buy them at the thrift store whenever I would see them and save them up to give out as gifts. I think you are going to love it! Have a wonderful time! The guys I usually camp with are going to be at @Paradise Motel 7:45 and G and serve sno cones during the day. Go by and say hi and tell them Angry Butterfly sent you!@://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/paradisemotel/
2 years, 5 months ago on My Plastic-Free Burning Man Adventure