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Wanting to see some older posts.  See if anyone answered my comments about plastic free q-tips and emery boards.

1 year ago on How Fracking is Driving the Plastics Industry


I want some.  I dropped gum like a hot rock when I found out it was basically made of plastic--and figured that was why I sometimes got stomach aches.  Plus all the packaging I was tossing made me depressed and angry with myself.  So, contact me at quercusalanus@hotmail dot com.  What else can I not find not wrapped on plastic: q-tips, emery boards.  I know, I know these are not treats, but I haven't bought any since I discovered you (over two years ago).  It would be a treat to have some!

1 year, 1 month ago on Truly Plastic-Free Chewing Gum in Plastic-Free Packaging!


Alannah Atley

I would use this container for freezing.  I live in Iowa so there are not year round farmers markets.  As well, last year I gleaned about twenty pounds of tomatoes from my CSA and froze them in Ball jars which seemed to work really well until I used one of those jars for leftover chili.  I just noticed that it cracked tonight, so I am definitely in need of good non-plastic freeware.

1 year, 3 months ago on My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container


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!

2 years, 4 months ago on Are Plastic Ziploc Bags Suddenly Green or Greenwashed?