Monday night, I attended a showing of the film Bag It in San Francisco, finally getting to see it in a real theater on a real screen. Then, the following day, the Santa Clara, CA Board of Supervisors passed a ban on plastic bags and a 15 cent fee on paper bags. So, what can [...]Read the full post.
Back in January, I posted on my Facebook profile: The foam pads (read: plastic) on my headphones are wearing out. Motivation to learn to crochet because I hate round knitting. Well, this weekend, April 23, I finally summoned up the motivation to learn enough crochet basics to fix my headphones. See, even though I use [...]Read the full post.
Happy Earth Day, everybody. I’m about to go out and get dirty. But first… some invitations. You Are Invited… …to come join me this Monday, April 25, at 7pm in San Francisco for a screening of the film Bag It at the Landmark Opera Plaza movie theater, after which I’ll be around to answer questions. Find [...]Read the full post.
Ah, the seasonal aisle. It’s always full of some kind of plastic. This time of year, we’re confronted by walls of brightly (some would say garishly) colored plastic Easter eggs, and bunnies, and baskets, and plastic grass, and all that stuff. Because what’s a holiday without plastic, right? After running into the plastic egg wall [...]Read the full post.
In the beginning of 2009, I sat in an Oakland Cafe with San Francisco journalist Susan Freinkel, explaining my plastic-free life. She was working on a book about the story of plastic and wanted to hear my point of view, which of course I shared enthusiastically, even dragging her off the butcher shop with me [...]Read the full post.
Want a free reusable straw and the knowledge that you’re making a difference? Read on… The Problem Wouldn’t it be nice if restaurant servers asked if you wanted a straw before sticking one in your drink automatically? Right now, it’s up to us to refuse those straws ahead of time. And sometimes, we have to [...]Read the full post.
(03/04/2012 Update: Sadly, Greenfeet closed its doors this year. Please support the online green retailer BuyGreen.com. They ship products using only reused or plastic-free packaging and paper packing tape. And a portion of the proceeds go to support MyPlasticFreeLife.com) Valerie Reddemann from Greenfeet wants to give one of you Klean Kanteen’s new Reflect stainless steel [...]Read the full post.
Which plastics are safe? I get that question all the time. The Internet is full of charts listing the numbers of the various types of plastic and explaining which ones are safe and which ones are not. Supposedly, #2 (high density polyethylene), #4 (low density polyethylene), and #5 (polypropylene) are safe, right? Does that mean [...]Read the full post.
My friend Katie from Kitchen Stewardship just released a new e-Book this year, The Everything Beans Book, and she’s giving readers of this blog a 20% discount through 4/15 (coupon code 20BEANSBK). I’m excited about Katie’s latest book because learning how to prepare and cook dried beans is crucial when you’re trying to live a [...]Read the full post.
Pepsi’s new soda bottle is different. Last month, PepsiCo made a big announcement: it had developed the world’s first entirely plant-based PET beverage bottle. And although the new bottle is made from plants, it’s actually less like those corn-based compostable bottles you may have heard about and more like regular, ordinary PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, [...]Read the full post.