Want to see me ride across the hills of San Francisco on my bike? You pledge. I ride. We support a village and plastic-free blogger. Read on!
This post is my contribution to Sustainablog’s Pedal-a-Watt Powered Blogathon this weekend. The long-running green blog is publishing for 24 hours straight, beginning at 4pm Central today, to raise funds for the off-the-grid Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Northeastern Missouri.
Why Do I Care?
I’m participating in the Blogathon in support of my friend and kindred plastic-free blogger Alline Anderson, proprietor of the Milkweed Mercantile, an Eco Inn, Organic Cafe, Green General Store and Sustainability Seminar Program at Dancing Rabbit.
The blogathon will raise funds for residential learning opportunities at Dancing Rabbit in organic gardening, natural green building, and wind and solar renewable energy design and installation. Interested in checking out Dancing Rabbit for yourself, or taking advantage of some of their educational opportunities? Read more here.
As I mentioned above, my friend and Green Moms Carnival member, Alline Anderson, has been trying to get plastic out of her life! I interviewed her a year ago on Fake Plastic Fish. Here’s what I learned:
Alline first became aware of plastic harming animals while in high school in the 70’s when she and her friends became vigilant about cutting 6-pack rings. Having come a long way since then, composting all food scraps, buying in bulk, recycling paper and aluminum and steel, she said she was ready for more “concerted effort” in the plastic department.
Alline answered my questions in great detail, including photos, on her blog. I’ve included brief snippets of her answers below.
What have been the easiest changes to make?
Some things have been absolutely easy-peasy no-brainers: grocery bags, coffee cups, reusable flatware and glass storage containers at home.
What about the hardest challenges?
Plastic is everywhere! EVERYWHERE! It’s like body snatchers. Or Republicans. Or SUVs. Or ragweed pollen in the fall. Even when I buy in bulk there is plastic. A 10-lb box of organic raisins or walnuts? Inside the cardboard box is a plastic bag. Sigh.
What can you say to inspire other people who want to go plastic-free?
Start small. Be kind, to yourself and others. And realize that you are not alone in your quest!
In April of last year, Alline published an entire anti-plastics rant on her blog: Enough With the Plastic, Already!
Alline’s an awesome, energetic, kick-ass soul, and I hope you will check out the Blogathon and do what you can to help: pledge some money per post, tweet it, stumble or Facebook it, contribute a post of your own, and leave a comment!
Green Inn and Cafe
As for Alline’s mercantile, check out the list of her green improvements on traditional inns:
The Eco Inn at the Milkweed Mercantile is an entirely “green” alternative to a traditional B&B, demonstrating that sustainability does not have to be about deprivation – there can be beauty, abundance and joy in living lightly on the earth.
I haven’t been there yet. I almost got my chance last summer after the BlogHer conference in Chicago, but unfortunately construction on the inn was not yet completed. I’m so jealous that Jeff from Sustainablog gets to be there now preparing to blog his little heart out with other green bloggers who have committed to contribute posts to the effort. This is mine. Will you write one too?
Join the Fun
Join the fun at Sustainablog today: read post contributions from around the green blogosphere, leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for some great green prizes, contribute a post yourself, donate funds to the eco-village, and join in the Tweetchat at #susbppb. Here’s the Blogathon FAQ. And here’s info on how to donate as well as other ways you can participate.
Fabulous Gifts and Prizes
Some very cool green companies have donated prizes for the event, including my friend Lisa from LaundryTree, the soapnuts queen. (Check out my review of Lisa’s soapnuts here.) Want to know how to enter the drawing? Check out the links above.
Beth’s Bike Ride
You pledge. I ride. Yeah, I know it’s only 7 miles and people do it all the time, but not me. I’m used to the flat streets of Oakland/Berkeley where I tool around shopping and running errands. The hills of San Francisco are another matter altogether. So, for every Fake Plastic Fish reader who leaves a comment here saying that they pledged to the Blogathon, I will ride my bike half a mile in support of the cause. I’ll even ride (read: walk) my bike up the Hayes Street Hill! For real. But only if I can get at least 14 contributions. Not hard considering the number of people who read this blog. :-)
Note: To enter, you must pledge on the Sustainablog web site first. Then leave a comment here letting me know you did it.