The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
April 30, 2014

Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

Hi everyone.  This is the official blog post for tonight’s #EcoWed Twitter party… all about ways to reduce plastic consumption and our exposure to toxic chemicals in plastics.  Leave a comment here to enter to win a free hardback copy of my book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.  (U.S. residents only, I’m afraid.)  As we chat tonight, I’ll try to update this post with interesting points and links that may come up.  Feel free to ask questions and share information here as well.

 

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Notes from the Twitter Chat:

Don’t forget to sign the petition to ask Vitamix to offer a stainless steel alternative to their plastic blender pitcher.  It’s made from Eastman Tritan, a plastic shown to have endocrine disrupting properties.

This article in Mother Jones exposes how the manufacturers of BPA-free plastic Tritan have tried to discourage customers from doing their own third party testing.  http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/tritan-certichem-eastman-bpa-free-plastic-safe

All plastics contain additives, even supposedly “safe” plastics, and all additives can leach.  What’s more, nanufacturers are not required to disclose their proprietary formulas, therefore we can’t know if the additives in a particular plastic are safe or not because we don’t even know what they are in many cases.

For a complete guide to kicking the plastic habit, my book Plastic-Free is available in hard cover, Kindle e-book, and even audiobook formats here:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616086246?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=1616086246&linkCode=shr&tag=fakplafis-20&creativeASIN=1616086246&linkId=FSRXN3GRMVPRCYUW

Thanks so much to Danika Carter from Your Organic Life for organizing the chat tonight and helping to promote greener and healthier ways of living.

 

 

 

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15 Comments on "Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!"


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BethTerry
11 months 4 days ago

@Maggie W Hi Maggie.  This contest is over, but there is another one happening here:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2014/07/balm-babys-plastic-free-july-challenge-giveaway/  You could win a copy of the book or lots of other plastic-free items.

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Maggie W
11 months 4 days ago

I’d love a copy of your book – I’ve been trying to be as plastic free as possible for years.  Since it takes 50 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate, that means every plastic bag you’ve ever thrown away is still filling up land-fill sits somewhere – or worse, swirling around in the ocean!  I saw a heartbreaking article about sea birds who eat plastic and it get stuck in their digestion system, until they explode!  Plastic toothbrush handles – plastic dishwashing sponges and brushes – plastic is everywhere, and we throw it away when it no longer functions, so it still exists somewhere!   I’ve found scrub brushes made with replaceable wood heads, also carry reusable bags.  A stainless steel water bottle…but the more hint and tips for getting plastic out of my life the better!

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Anne S
1 year 21 days ago

I would love to win a copy of your book, but unfortunately I’m in Scotland, so not eligible. I’m so pleased to have found you through a friend and also to find the petition to Vitamix, which I immediately signed. I wanted to buy one as part of my push to eat more raw food for my health, but couldn’t believe they were using plastic in a product primarily used to make healthy food! Haven’t found a good alternative yet, so continuing to use an ordinary one which has a glass pitcher, but I know will struggle once I do more things. Been in the process of making a home made dehydrator because I wasn’t sure about all the plastic used in the manufactured ones, which again I find ironic. I have had ME a very long time and as a consequence very aware of all the poisons in the modern world and been trying to avoid plastic as much as possible for a long time, despite the skepticism of my family. Now they are grown up and independent they are beginning to appreciate my point of view. It is difficult to convince people because it is so pervasive it is perceived as safe because people don’t believe it could be manufactured and sold if it weren’t safe! It’s wonderful to have a site like yours as support to refer to rather than trying to do the explanations myself when questioned. Folk can read and make up their minds without feeling I’m trying to persuade them. I’m sure it is an effective persuader for manufactures to improve their products as well, particularly those already trying and especially as it becomes ever more popular and knowledge spreads. Lets hope Vitamix listen :-) Been having a brilliant time reading your Plastic-Free Guide, thank you for passing on all your research and making it easier for others to follow your example. All the best, Anne

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BethTerry
1 year 1 month ago

oceangirl92647  There are lots of healthier alternatives.  For an intro, check out this list:  http://plasticfreeguide.com

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allison
1 year 1 month ago

My family all think I’m nuts but I’m still trying very hard to be plastic free after I read your book on the kindle last year! (Its very difficult to do in Mississippi btw!) Would love a copy to give to non believers! @allisonbblake

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oceangirl92647
1 year 1 month ago

@pitstopgirl

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oceangirl92647
1 year 1 month ago

RSVP and reading on twitter

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SandyVanBuskirk
1 year 1 month ago

RSVP @ssony711

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oceangirl92647
1 year 1 month ago

I have a question? What do you suggest we use? Glass. I would Love a copy of your Book! So I can learn more and pass it on to all my family and friends and all over social media sites

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1 year 1 month ago

Hi, I’m slow from the heat, so I’m not sure I’m doing this correctly, but it sounds great and I’m in the #ecowed chat now…so very cool…I’m RSVP’ing and I’d love to win a copy of your wonderful book, thank you! :)

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erinely
1 year 1 month ago

definitely a good topic and timely

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Yammy Rowe
1 year 1 month ago

So ready for this chat!! And would loe to win a copy of the book as an added bonus :)

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1 year 1 month ago

Happy to be here, but no need to enter me in the contest for a book. We have a copy (signed!) and we sell it in our webstore.

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1 year 1 month ago

Orange Harp is very excited to join the chat!

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1 year 1 month ago

Would love to win! My sister stole my copy :)