The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
April 26, 2012

Wherever You Are, the Plastic Sea Monster Wants You to Join the Lunchbox Action This Week!


There’s still time to win a stainless steel LunchBots lunch container! Last week I promised that if enough people would join me for the Lunchbox Project Earth Day Action, I would don the fake plastic sea monster costume and walk around Crocker Galleria in full getup. Well, it turns out I’m easy, because it only took one person — Deb Baida from Liberated Spaces — to convince me to do it. She even helped me get into my costume,  carried my stuff, and took most of the pictures in the slideshow below.  Thanks, Deb!

The day was unseasonably hot, and it was like a sauna under all that plastic. Still, I took one for the team. The event was great. A crowd gathered at the Crocker Galleria and heard inspiring speeches by representatives of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, SF Department of Environment, Clean Water Action, and of course me in my finery. Then, we all fanned out to eat lunch, bringing our own reusable containers with us and asking restaurant employees to serve our food in our containers instead of disposable plastic. People brought all kinds of containers to use.

Here are a couple of fantastic summaries of the day:

As Single Use Plastics Go, So Goes the Planet: A Lunchboxy Photo Essay, by Sven Eberlein on Daily Kos

Chicken in a Jar, by Deb Baida on Liberated Spaces


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And readers who could not attend the event joined from around the world, sending me photos of their reusable containers from places as far away as Australia and Jane Austen’s home in England. How cool is that? Here is a slideshow of images from the day, including some of your photos. There’s still time to add your pictures and enter the contest. Just take a picture of you either bringing your container to a restaurant or bringing your lunch in your own container, and send it to me at beth [at] myplasticfreelife [dot] com. I won’t choose a winner until the month is over. (Read more about the give-away here.)

05/11/2012 UPDATE: The winner of the LunchBots stainless steel container is Uttama. Congratulations and thanks for sending your picture for the slideshow!

Thanks to Debra Baida, Sven Eberlein, and Martin Backhauss for taking pictures so I didn’t have to. See larger images and read captions on the Flickr site.


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3 years 9 months ago

I would put a comment. Keep up the good work.

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4 years 5 months ago
I love all your efforts, and am raising my kido to do her part & teach her class mates about the 3 r’s. We’re proud to have helped 2 schools get curb side recycling as well. In our continued efforts to reduce waste I’m looking for shopping tips for those that have allergies. We can’t shop bulk stores for fear of cross contamination (gluten/dairy/soy free). I’m happy some of my flours come in paper, but the rest are in non friendly plastics. I have called some of the companies and requested they switch to recyclable bags. Any other suggestions. Thank… Read more »
4 years 5 months ago

I saw you on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show which is what lead me to your site and your information, which I take to heart and am adding to my ever growing list of what’s ok and what’s not so ok anymore.  I thought you did just fine, I could tell you were really on your toes and not totally in your comfort zone and could emphasize.  Yet, I sure got the point and thought you were great!  Thank you….

Anita Gwynn
4 years 5 months ago

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4 years 5 months ago

Such a great time – thanks for all you do, Beth!
Here are some more pics I took that day:

4 years 5 months ago

You are so awesome!!!