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Ha! My pre-med courses don't help me much with reading labels either except to know that there is some crazy man-made stuff in there.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 1

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I had never heard of skinny fat! Double the death rate -- that's scary! Of course, I'll never have to worry about being skinny fat : )  I guess it's poetic justice for those of us who don't have a rat's metabolism.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on 7 Tips on How to Exercise and Love It!

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Jenny sounds very knowledgable, esp. about ensuring you are getting a quality product. I know many doulas love essential oils for childbirth.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Essential Oils for Better Health

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Wow, look at Jenny rocking that pose! This is a great explanation of yoga and pilates, esp. for a beginner. 

7 months ago on Yoga and Pilates: What You Should Know

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What a great interview -- and so many fabulous resources. I'll have to share with my vegan sister. Just wait until your child is school-age and gets non-vegan food thrown at him all the time. It seems like it just gets more and more challenging to raise vegan kids, or do anything against the grain really. I call her for advice when I don't know how to deal with my kids being offered conventional crappy foods full of preservatives, food additives, etc. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Bad, Ugly and Good of Being a Vegan

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I have a plastic salad spinner I've had for 10+ years that I never use. I only buy pre-washed lettuce and never wash it even though every one says you should. I have used the cloth bag method before (usually a pillowcase in my case) for large amounts that I had to wash myself.

9 months ago on A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners

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I love handmade soaps, so I'm going with soap! Although we can always use more absorbent cloths around here too (Raising Kids Green).

You know how to contact me : )  www.eco-novice.com

We use no tape for gift wrapping -- just reusable fabric bags tied with reusable ribbon with a reusable gift tag (strung onto the ribbon). We also love to purchase gifts at thrift stores -- no extra packaging to discard or recycle!

I love this giveaway -- I'm going to share everywhere!

9 months ago on Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away

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The best part of this post for suresies is that Jedi photo with SS bottles. After seeing that photo, I definitely want to be seen using a SS water bottle. All the cool kids are doing it! C'mon, Maroon 5, get with the program!

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Dear Adam Levine - You Would Be So Much Hotter Without the Plastic Bottles

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Hmmm, I'm interested in the leak-proof container as I have not had much luck with reusable containers being leak-proof. I'd also love an insulated thermos.

11 months ago on Mighty Nest Lunch Gear Review and Giveaway

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Once plastic is 100% biodegradable and actually composted, then it will not be MOOP. I don't think we are going to find natural alternatives for all plastic. As I recall from Plastic: a Toxic Love Story, plastic was first hailed as a wonderful innovation that would help save nature b/c it provided alternatives to things like tortoise shells that were becoming more and more scarce. So unless we are ready to go back in time and live like our ancestors, as long as we are in the modern world consuming, I think we'll need plastic.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on When is Plastic NOT Moop?

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A lovely little accessory for the amazing mason jar. So cool that they make a metal one.

12 months ago on I wish I'd known about EcoJarz when I wrote my book

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Love this! So cool how they are continually trying to improve the design and materials with feedback from customers. An awesome model for future businesses.

1 year ago on Brush With Bamboo is my new favorite toothbrush

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I support this new approach 100%! I also tend to write uber-long posts that involve way too much research and editing. And thus have 100 unwritten posts in my head. Maybe I can follow your example! I am trying to train myself to write short and sweet posts sometimes.l

1 year ago on This Blog Is Going to Change. For the Better -- I Hope.

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I hadn't seen that cute little SS cutlery before. Perfect for lunches!

1 year ago on Reusable Lunch Kit for Healthy Back To School by Mighty Nest {Giveaway}

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I'm scared of composting b/c I've had rats before and I'm worried about attracting vermin of any variety. Any thoughts on that?

1 year ago on Easy Tips for Composting at Home

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P.S. Alicia, how did you find out what regular finger paints are made of? Are all conventional brands of concern?

1 year, 1 month ago on How to Avoid Hidden Chemicals in Finger Paints

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That Planetpals link is awesome! Thanks for the DIY resource.

1 year, 1 month ago on How to Avoid Hidden Chemicals in Finger Paints

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What about for non-white shirts? Any ideas?

1 year, 1 month ago on How to Remove “Ring Around the Collar” Without Bleach

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So disappointing. I hate styrofoam. It breaks up so easily and gets EVERYWHERE. And then I find my kids eating the little pellets from it for weeks. Hate the stuff SO MUCH.

1 year, 1 month ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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I faced the glass/ stainless steel dilemma with straws and settled on stainless steel b/c they can't break. Glass definitely has its advantages, but stainless steel is definitely the more kid-friendly choice and also the best outdoor choice. We have stainless steel sippy cups, cups, water bottles, plates, to-go containers -- my favorite replacement for plastic. Interesting to see how glass and SS compare in terms of manufacturing. I had heard that glass takes forever to biodegrade, so we always reuse/ recycle glass containers. Thanks for all this wonderful info!

1 year, 1 month ago on Comparing Reusable Water Bottles on Sustainability: Stainless Steel, Glass, and Plastic {Infographic}

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Avoid packaged/ processed foods. It's a lot easier to buy individual ingredients GMO-free than a packaged food. You can avoid GMOs in packaged foods by buying organic, but they're pretty pricey. Almost all packaged foods have some corn-derived sweetener or soy/canola oil that is probably GMO. I'm trying to make more snacks from scratch.

1 year, 2 months ago on Easy Tips for Avoiding GMO Food

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@Jen @ Go Green Amen to that. My kids have killed my desire to shop. And now I find that by the time I make it shopping, half the things on my list which once seemed urgent purchases somehow have become completely unncessary. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Green Changes that Save You Money

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Thanks for the kind words, crunchywife, ecokaren and greentalk. It's always exciting for me to find a new way to be green AND save money! I'll be making my way through this list of ideas myself.

1 year, 3 months ago on Green Changes that Save You Money

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Yes, great job, Anna! I'm excited to check out her book and website.

1 year, 3 months ago on Interview with Frances Moore Lappé of Eco-Mind

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Love the idea of focusing on the positive and telling inspiring stories of empowerment! I do think people are tuning out some of the doom and gloom of the environmental movement.

1 year, 3 months ago on Interview with Frances Moore Lappé of Eco-Mind

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Love to see you and Anna rubbing shoulders with all the greenies.

1 year, 4 months ago on 10 Ways to Help the Earth by O’Boy Organic

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This is really inspiring. Nice to read about something being done right for a change. I love that T-shirt idea. Many ideas that could be used for any green celebration. Congrats on your many engagements, Beth!

1 year, 4 months ago on Tips for Creating Zero Waste, Plastic-Free Events

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I also think a little good old-fashioned boredom can be good for kids. I'm amazed at the things my kid (5, 3, 1) come up with on their own. Although you will have to listen to a certain amount of whining with the older ones. Thanks for the reminder about this awesome challenge -- I loved getting my students and their families to do this when I was a teacher.

1 year, 4 months ago on Unplugging the Family for Screen-Free Week

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My doula (and midwife) got me through an induction without an epidural. Nuf said, right? I had a not-so-happy experience with an epidural during my first (also induced) birth. I recommend have a doula to any pregnant mother, esp. first-time. So worth every penny to me. (P.S. I was able to use to HSA pre-tax dollars to pay my doula.) Insurance should totally cover doulas -- would save them so much money in interventions. 

1 year, 5 months ago on What is a doula?

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Welcome, Ericka! I'm so happy for Beth to have some help to manage her plastic-free empire.

1 year, 5 months ago on Meet Ericka, My New Intern!

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That undisclosed sweeteners in milk gets me every time I hear it -- makes me think we're already living in the Brave New World or something. It's just so beyond the pale on so many different levels.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Business Side of Green

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I am so jealous of anyone with a garden.

1 year, 5 months ago on Spring Rituals: Seedlings, Spring Cleaning, and Recipes

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I would love to find a local pool with no chlorine for my kiddos to swim in!  Thanks for hosting the link up!

1 year, 6 months ago on Weekend Reading List

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I haven't flown in 4 years, b/c I hate traveling with little children. Thanks for reminding me that I can feel virtuous instead of lame about it! These are fabulous suggestions, Beth, and I love that you are so thoughtful about the impact of your own traveling.

1 year, 7 months ago on Dear Virgin America, I Love You, But Not Your Plastic Bottles

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And for gifts I can't return, I will donate them or give to a friend -- If I give to a friend, I always tell them why I don't want it. Most don't share my qualms, but at least I've planted a little seed I figure, and saved them some money and reduced demand for plastic toys.

1 year, 8 months ago on What to Do with All That Holiday Plastic

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To avoid driving around with 3 little kids in tow, I often call stores ahead of time with the UPC code to make sure they will allow me to exchange the unwanted gift. I have found that most cheap plastic toys come from Target or Walmart, at least in my area (No. Cal.). Then I buy whatever I normally buy at Target (7th gen cleaners, etc.) and Pyrex or Ball canning jars at Walmart with the money I get from the return, since these places rarely carry things for kids I actually want. If I think my kid should get something instead, or I want my child to actually receive some gift from the gift-giver, I'll often look on Etsy for a toy I can get them instead. Sometimes I actually look for an equivalent toy (return doll with PVC-face for an all cloth doll) so that my kids can say "thanks for the doll" on the phone without the in-laws know the difference. I do worry about offending family if they find out I have returned most of their toys, but oh well. I told my husband he's going to need to start being more forceful about asking for gift cards or experiential gifts (museum memberships), b/c dealing with all the unwanted toys sometimes kind of ruins Christmas for me -- instead of being excited when opening gifts, I dread having to figure out what to do with all that stuff. Unfortunately, I'm a bit too much of a closet greeny to send out a manifesto.

 

We use reusable fabric bags for gifts but for gifts that come wrapped in paper, I am hoping to repurpose some as homemade cards next year, using the little pieces I can salvage after my kids' opened the gifts. We always reuse bows, etc.

 

This is all stuff I can't write on my own blog in case my in-laws actually decide to ever check it out!

1 year, 8 months ago on What to Do with All That Holiday Plastic

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Very cool, Beth. Congrats on your 2nd printing -- im going to check out green planet parties

1 year, 9 months ago on Plastic-Free Holiday Gift Packs Have Arrived!

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Sad I missed this discussion on FB. Personally, my priority is nixing disposable single-use plastic. I have switched to reusable nylon bags (purchased on Etsy) for things that won't work in glass/ metal or b/c of space issues -- mostly I use Pyrex (plastic lid!), metal containers, etc.I know folks reuse ziploc bags, which I think is a step in the right direction. But in my experience, they are difficult to reuse -- a pain to wash, that zipper was not meant to last forever, and since it's not meant to be reused, I feel a little more squeamish about what might be leaching from the plastic. Also, Ziplocs are SO cheap -- I find this to be a downside and a problem with lots of plastic. It's so cheap, you don't think twice about tossing it and buying more.

 

I actually saw this whole "recycling" Ziplocs bit a while bag and was kind of baffled by it. I mean, if you can remember to take your Ziploc bag to a recycling bin, why don't you just get a reusable bag/ container, and take that home and wash it and reuse it?

1 year, 9 months ago on Are Plastic Ziploc Bags Suddenly Green or Greenwashed?

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Absolutely both. My son just started public school. Parents take turns bringing snacks. In addition to being outraged by the blue sugar water (Gatorade) some people are bringing, I can't believe the teacher asked parents to bring those teeny tiny water bottles (which they do recycle, but still!). Don't get me started on the hand sanitizer, air fresheners, etc. It's a green parent's nightmare. Do I really want to make every parent and staff member hate me in my first month at this school, no? What I wish is that some of these products (I consider unsuitable for my child to ingest or to be around) were not on the market. So I'm getting a really strong dose of -- my ind'l actions are not enough, b/c we're all subject to each other's choices anyway. That's always been true, but since I'm now really feeling how very true that is for my school-aged child, it's now writ large.

1 year, 11 months ago on Annie Leonard: Don't Just "Be the Change." Make Change!

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Super cool! That looks much more comfortable than a foam pad on the ground, but I guess the ground would have to be level. And, yes, only suitable for car camping.  I think before plastic people were tougher and just slept on a bedroll straight on the ground. Not my idea of awesome.

1 year, 11 months ago on Night at the Aquarium on a Plastic-Free Camping Cot

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 @BethTerry Yes, great idea! I think I'm going to give these a try -- looks like I was right to wait.

1 year, 11 months ago on New Freezycup Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds Use Less Space in the Freezer

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P.S. I wish they would make these in a slightly smaller size as well. Regular popsicles are a little large for my little ones.

1 year, 11 months ago on New Freezycup Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds Use Less Space in the Freezer

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These sound awesome. I have been holding off getting a popsicle maker b/c of the plastic issue, and didn't love the look of the Onyx one -- I think someone mentioned that it had many pieces that were easy to lose. I've just been using an already owned ice cube tray instead. I'll have to check these out. I like to freeze leftover smoothies as pops.

1 year, 11 months ago on New Freezycup Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds Use Less Space in the Freezer

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