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August 23, 2011

Plastic-Free Discussion Board Restored!

 

Remember that discussion forum we had two years ago for posting questions and ideas about all things plastic?  Wait. You don’t remember it because you weren’t here then?  Well, you missed out on more fun than I can possibly describe in this blog post.  Sadly, I had to take it down because malicious hackers broke in and caused disruption and gambling spam.  But guess what!  I found a new Discussion Forum plugin that works well and I’ve been able to restore all the old user IDs and posts.

Here’s the link to the discussion board:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/

Why would you want to post on a message board rather than comment on a blog post?  Well, for one thing, you can start your own posts in the forum about anything you want. Well, anything plastic-related.  You can ask for advice about plastic-free alternatives.  You can share discoveries you’ve made.  You can post useful links, articles, resources. And you can rant to your heart’s content.

Why would you do it there rather than on the MyPlasticfreeLife Facebook page?  Because the forum posts are organized and archived so you can go back later and search for what you want.  Facebook?  Fun in the moment.  Not so useful down the road.  (But please… go ahead and “Like” the Facebook page too!)

If you registered at the old discussion board and posted at least once, your ID has been saved.  You will have to restore and change your password.  Let me know if you have problems either recovering your password or registering for a new account.

 

Jeanne’s Green Bag Giveaway!

To get the discussion going, I’m offering one lucky message poster a free cotton reusable bag, courtesy of My Plastic-free Life reader Jeanne Bruner, who designed this special bag to fit onto a retail bagging rack.  You can read more about Jeanne’s bags here.  (Note: she only had a few left and was nice enough to send me a box, so expect more giveaways in the future until they’re gone.)

09/10/11 Update:  The contest is over.  The winner of the reusable bag is Eve Stavros. Congratulations!

Feel free to register and create a new discussion topic.  Or respond to this one.  I’m looking for plastic-free toy recommendations.  Reply with your suggestions here:

http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/what-are-your-favorite-plastic-free-toy-companies/

 

I’ll choose a random winner from among the message board entries next week.  And seriously, you can post about anything… as long as it’s kinda sorta related to plastic in some way.

 

 



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12 comments
raman
raman

That act of the author must be appreciated because he had completely stopped using plastic materials which is a great act and he is a brilliant worker of the groups which is against plastic use. Cheers mate. Keep posting.
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Isabel in Sweden
Isabel in Sweden

Hello Beth! I really like your blog, you have a fan in Sweden too :) I've been thinking about something that I want to ask you. Is there a general differens in hard and soft plastic? I know we shouldn't use it at all but if there is a situation and I'm choosing between a product either in soft plastic or in hard, is there a general rule that one thing is better? Say, if there is no number of which kind of plastic it is, which one would you choose?

Chris Shoup
Chris Shoup

http://chrisshoup.com/2011/08/22/the-single-use-plastic-bottle-culture/ I don't know if my first post went through. If not, darn! My description of the link above was fitting. I wrote a recent article about "single use plastic bottles" and mentioned you, Beth, and the influence your site had on me as I researched a more plastics free life. Christopher Shoup Bradley, Illinois www.chrisshoup.com

Chris Shoup
Chris Shoup

Beth, I viewed your website while writing a very recent article about single use plastic bottles. I mentioned you and your site and what you're doing. You influenced me to continue on a forward path! Thanks! I do hope you and your readers will read my post! It's starting to be cross-posted at important sites that will further help spread the message! It can be found at: http://chrisshoup.com/2011/08/22/the-single-use-plastic-bottle-culture/ Thanks! Christopher Shoup www.chrisshoup.com

Lorena
Lorena

We will be helping to represent South America with Lara in a few months. Moving from Chicago to Colombia!!!! Can't wait for all that sunshine...*sigh* *smile*

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Yay Lara! Representing South America in the challenge! So far, we have no one south of Texas! Well, actually that's not true if you count Australia and New Zealand, which are way south. But none on this side of the world.

Lara S.
Lara S.

Really, 2 years?!? It seems to me it was yesterday... oh well. Oh by the way, I have saved the plastic for the "show us your plastic" challenge... but my camera is broken! I will borrow one from a friend soon, and send you everything :)

Michelle
Michelle

Awesome! I can chat to other plastic people with out just badgering you all the time! Gunna check it out.

Dmarie
Dmarie

thanks, will definitely be checking the forum out!

Eve Stavros
Eve Stavros

Great! I'm looking forward to more creative ideas for going plastic-free. And to the fun of sharing with like-minded "kooks" like me (I've got a reputation in my family...they indulge me...)

Annie
Annie

Yay! Thanks for setting it up. I'm going off to post right now!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Chris. I just now found your comments stuck in my spam folder. Once in a while it catches things that are not spam, and your comment is definitely not spam. Thanks for leaving the link to your blog post. It's amazing to see graphically how much energy is used to manufacture and transport bottled water.

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