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 @BethTerry   We use a small piece sponge/cloth to dab them on.  I have to keep them hidden or my kids create huge structures out of them! :)

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

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Starch-based packing peanuts make for a fun craft material.  They stick together when you get them damp, and you can color them with markers! 

 

http://www.recreate.org/recreate-blog/2011/1/19/eco-friendly-packing-peanuts-awesome-afternoon-of-crafting-f.html

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

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Beth;

It is late friday night... so I think we are safe to say the world isn't going anywhere tonight. 

 

I was lucky enough to be in the audience last week in Sacramento.  I have been following your Plastic Free blog for a while now, and find your efforts inspiring.  I am the one who founded a creative reuse center (recreate.org).  Truth is, about a year ago, I was ready to throw in the towel.  I felt like my efforts to help make our community and world a better place to live were falling on deaf ears.  I was out of energy.  I was done.  As I got closer to my decision to shutter the nonprofit, something interesting happened.  One day I got an email thanking me for what we are doing, and telling me about their waste- free pancake breakfast fundraiser (everyone brought their own plates, utensils),  new opportunities to expand our reach popped up.... literally dropped from the sky it seemed. The universe recharged my batteries, and my resolve grew that I was doing the right thing, and my role is to encourage people to stop trashing the planet.

 

I hope our emails do that for you.  I hope you realize just how inspiring you are, and how your efforts truly trickle down.  Since I saw you last week, I presented our waste reduction school program to 352 students.  I felt more impassioned... I wasn't just presenting my information, I was recruiting the next generation of environmental stewards. 

 

I finally asked my kids school to start researching an alternative to stryofoam trays.  I ordered my glass dharma straws... because while $30 seems a little expensive for a few straws, I'm not investing in straws. I am investing in our environment, so really it is a small price to pay.  

 

Thank you for what you do!

 

1 year, 8 months ago on The End of the World is Coming and I'm Still not Buying New Plastic

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I am choosing not to spend the day at the mall today, because I can't buy into the madness the is Black Friday.  I do think there is mindful consumption.  I think moderation is what we need to learn in our country, about everything!  Oh, and don't stress about the book - it would make an awesome New Years resolution item.  We are also doing an Experience Christmas this year. 

1 year, 9 months ago on Black Friday: To Buy or Not to Buy?

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I completely appreciate this blog.  Sometimes it is hard to be 100% perfect.  My family is on a journey to zero-waste, and it is HARD.  The deck is stacked against you.  I admire your dedication AND honesty!

1 year, 10 months ago on Confession of an Anti-Plastic Activist Caught Red-Handed With a BPA-Lined Can

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