The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
August 17, 2007

Weekend Poll & Question

I want to try a new thing on the weekends, but first, I need to know how many people actually check this blog on the weekends. (My stats page shows that readership goes down somewhat on the weekends, so I’m not sure if I should blog on those days or give it a rest.) So part 1 of this post is a little poll:

If there is enough interest, I’d like to pose a discussion question each weekend. I’ve been getting great comments from readers, both in the comments section of the blog and also through private email. I wonder if we could expand the discussion to create more of a forum?

The main criterion for participating would be that you need to write your answers as a comment that others can read rather than emailing me privately. I understand that many folks don’t want to provide Blogger with their personal information, and you don’t have to. You can click “Anonymous.” But there is an even better way. If you click “Other,” you’ll have the opportunity to type in any screen name that you want without having to enter any other info about yourself. That way, others can respond to your comment by name.

So here goes: I’ve received some terrific comments from people about actions that they have taken. The question is, besides making changes in your personal life, tell us about an action that you have taken in the world (no matter how large or small) to spread awareness of a plastic issue, and what results have you seen from that action?

I look forward to hearing from you this weekend. And if you’re not reading this until Monday, feel free to chime in. We can all learn from each other.
 

10 comments
jessy
jessy

i refuse plastic bags and i carry my own reusable bags and tell everyone i know about reducing plastic and finding creative ways to reuse anything we can! i also blog about my "green progress" and the steps i'm taking to reduce in all aspects of my life - i try to spread the word that way as well!

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank
Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank

Hi Anonymous. If you will email me directly, I'd love to talk music with you. I think I discovered Okkerville River just randomly on Amazon.com one night when I couldn't sleep. But I could be thinking of something else.

Anonymous
Anonymous

hello, beth. i met you today at the farmer's market and i am really liking this site! how did you hear about okkerville river? they are a favorite texas band (i'm from the tx) and my fiance and i saw them perform on our first date. to stretch mark mama... i believe i know the grocery store chain you refer to, and I think i will call and ask them the same thing... what a simple act, but hey, if enough customers called with the same feedback... who knows?

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank
Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank

Will! Glad to see your head out of your shell. Don't get mesmerized by plastic bags and swallow them like a leatherback turtle.To everyone, I love that there are people out there "sticking their necks out" and willing to look silly or annoying to express their convictions.When I find myself worried that I may be venturing into annoying territory, I remind myself of how annoying Michael Moore can be, and I feel a lot better. If there weren't any annoying people, nothing would ever change!

will terry
will terry

Ok ok...this post was meant for me because I usually respond but have been too shy to put it out there for the scrutiny of all....I've just stuck my head out Beth - this may or may not turn out to be a good thing :)

axelle
axelle

I would enjoy and participate in a discussion blog whether or not it was on a weekend or a weekday. On an entirely different subject, I emailed you to tell you that the San Francisco Hilton hotel had eliminated garbage disposals in its kitchens & how great I thought that was until I thought a little longer and realized that restaurants generally don't have garbage disposals. PS: I base the above statement rather wildly on the fact that 30 years ago I worked in a restaurant in England and it didn't have a garbage disposal. Back then, hardly anyone had a shower in their home, either. and mixer taps were considered state-of-the-art.

just ducky
just ducky

I refuse bags of any kind at stores if I can carry the items out in my arms/purse. One of the clerks told me "Mother Earth thanks you and I thank you." It was pretty cool.

Sunny
Sunny

I posted yesterday about the steel cans shaving gel comes in (I know not plastic). I called the manufacturer and explained it's not recyclable here and if not here likely not in many places in the country. I shared this experience as well as reducing my plastic bags, etc. with my co-workers. They get to hear it whether they like it or not :)

Mel
Mel

I work at a retail store and I'm sure to ask every time if they actually need a bag for that 1 item. Then when they have a lot of items I always condense as much into one bag as possible.Spread the word to my family and friends too! (No one I work with takes plastic bags for a few items anymore, only when they can't carry it in their hands!)

Stretch Mark Mama
Stretch Mark Mama

I recently e-mailed our local grocery store chain (about 10-15 stores total) and asked if they would cut back on their packaging in the produce section. They sit a lot of their fresh veggies (broccoli, zucchini, turnips, etc.) on styrofoam plates and wrap them up in plastic. I heard back and they said they would consider the idea. I am still waiting to see if anything changes! :)