My journey with Plastic
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I started trying to follow all your tricks soon after I read Plastic Ocean by Capt. Charles Moore.
I have to say I was way ahead of you on the reuseable shopping bag by a few years, as well as the reuseable kleen Kanteen and coffee mug. But your education on a variety of things is beyong my adopting yet. I immediately stopped chewing gum! My God! I have adopted washing dishes, teeth, and hair with baking soda. I now buy hard lotion in the neat little refillable tins. I have been getting my vegies from a CSA for quite a few years, but this is seasonal here in Iowa and I would cause the woman who grows these vegetables considerable stress if I said I would not take any plastic bags. I also shop farmer's market. But it is impossible to get local chicken, bison, or elk that does not come in plastic. Also, the hardest thing I find to do, is to eliminate the produce bag, because I am so used to storing my vegies in the frig in them. I am slowing working on glass, but it is a long slog for me. I bought 6-64 oz. mason jars ( they were wrapped in plastic when I found them, but I thought they are such a great size and they will be in my kitchen sitting there begging me to use them! And they were a good price.) So, I finally went to freeze my homemade turkey soup in them the other day and when I opened them I was assaulted by the stench of the plastic liner of the lid. I could have cried. So, is it possible to get metal lids without this plastic lining? Are all cans lined with plastic? Plastic is so ubiquitous. How in the world do you manage? I figure I can reduce my plastic use and keep working on it. But eliminate it entirely? This seems like a Herculean task!
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