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January 11, 2014

Working Out Without Plastic, Part 1

In October, when Kathryn Palumbo first contacted me on Twitter from @YouAsAMachine, I thought, “Who the heck is this woman with the ripped abs and the funny Twitter handle? And why would someone like this be tweeting me, a totally out of shape but committed plastic-free activist?” I’m not exactly sure why I thought it was strange except that I don’t know any fitness trainer type people, and I guess I had this pre-conceived idea that they all wore Spandex, lived on bottled water and energy bars, and spent so much time in the gym they didn’t have time to care about the environment.

So, I was blown away by Kathryn’s article, “You As An Environmentally Conscious Consumer.” Here are a few excerpts:… Read the rest

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January 9, 2014

Lose Weight Through Plastic-Free Living?

New Years Resolution #1:  Lose the 35 pounds I’ve gained since I went plastic-free in 2007.

Here’s me in January 2007, minutes after completing my first marathon and 6 months before I decided to go plastic-free.  Look at all that plastic crap, including (gasp!) bottled water.  Well, I’ve lost a heck of a lot of plastic weight since then!

But instead of keeping it off, I seem to have just transferred the weight to my hips, my butt, my tummy, etc.  Here’s me in March 2013 after living plastic-free for almost 6 years.  All natural, organic clothing.  Water in a stainless steel bottle.  Yet I am 35 pounds heavier.

This image is from a talk I gave with Danielle Richardet and Bonnie Monteleone at UNCW in Wilmington, North Carolina.  I was recovering from what would turn out to be only one of many colds I came down with last year.  And while I’m really proud of the talk, I was so embarrassed by my appearance … Read the rest

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December 21, 2013

My Favorite Airtight Stainless Steel Kitchen Container

(01/12/2014 Update: Life Without Plastic is offering a New Year’s discount code until January 15! Read to the bottom of this post to find the code.  The giveaway is over.  The winner is BeckyL.  Congratulations!)

Three years ago, when Jay and Chantal from the online store Life Without Plastic sent me a sample of their new HUGE rectangular airtight stainless steel freezer container to review on this blog, I couldn’t think of anything I would use it for.  They touted the container as useful for freezing large quantities of produce prior to canning because the silicone seal will keep veggies and fruits from getting freezer burn.

The thing holds over a GALLON (over 4 litres), but since we have year-round farmers markets in the SF Bay Area (reducing the need to preserve large quantities of produce for the winter), I didn’t have (or didn’t think I had) a gallon of anything to put in it.

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December 19, 2013

Can Beeswax Cloth Wraps Replace Plastic Cling Wrap?

A few weeks ago, blog reader Sandy Lansdale posted a question in the Discussion Forum:

I would love to hear how this beeswax wrap works if anyone has tried it.  Does it keep food well?  How long does one wrap last?  Has anyone bought from this site – http://www.beeswrap.com/pages/our-products?

Thanks,

Sandy

Well, Sandy, as it happens, I did try three different beeswax cloth wraps all the way back in January of this year and meant to write a review of them at the time.  But, to be honest, I was less than enthused, and when I’m not excited about something, it’s hard for me to write about it.  (Which is why, by the way, I haven’t written a holiday post.  Just not my thing.)  Still, lots of people have asked me this question, and I know there are quite a few people who are fans of these products, and I myself mentioned their existence in my book, Plastic-Free.  So here goes, but first:

BIG DISCLAIMER: I have a VERY Sensitive… Read the rest

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December 2, 2013

Plastic-Free EcoEtsy Holiday Gift Give-Away

12/20/2013 Update:  Thanks for participating. The Giveaway is over, and the winners have been notified.  You can find who won at the end of this post.

EcoEtsy is giving away 7 different holiday gifts to 7 different readers of My Plastic-Free Life.  They are also offering holiday discounts.  Please read the full post in order to enter the drawing.

Cory Trusty, whom you might remember from my September 9 post, is the owner of Aquarian Bath and offers many plastic-free personal care products in plastic-free shipping materials.

Cory is also a member of Team EcoEtsy, a global team of eco-minded Etsy sellers, whose mission is dedicated to protecting our planet by utilizing methods to reduce carbon footprints in managing their businesses in the most eco-friendly manner.  Many members offer plastic-free items and ship their packages without plastic, either by default or upon request.

Seven EcoEtsy team members have donated prizes to … Read the rest

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November 30, 2013

A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners

We’ve had a Copco plastic salad spinner (aka lettuce dryer) for years.  Actually, Michael has had it since the 90′s before I was even a thought in his head.

I use it because we already have it, but I’ve never liked it.  It’s plastic, so it gets slimy and hard to clean out.  And it’s big.  It takes up a lot of valuable real estate in the kitchen.  From time to time, I’ve gone online and searched Google for “plastic-free salad spinner” or “stainless steel salad spinner.”  But I just keep getting tricked by this Oxo stainless steel salad spinner, which is only stainless steel on the outside.  The inside basket–the part that actually touches your salad– is still plastic.  Plus, I don’t make salads that often anyway, so I couldn’t really justify buying a brand new one even if I did find a plastic-free model.… Read the rest

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November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner with Less Plastic

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Michael and I are going to a potluck feast at the home of our friends David and Nancy. Our contributions will be baked yams, mashed potatoes, and a persimmon orange pomegranate salad. And nearly all of the ingredients will be plastic-free:

Salad greens, orange, pomegranate, persimmon, lemon, yams, and potatoes are from the farmers market.… Read the rest

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November 25, 2013

New Plastic-Free AudioBook is out now with updated content

Do you ever feel like you have a little Beth Terry sitting on your shoulder whispering into your ear things like, “Remember your reusable bags.  Do you really want raw, organic cashews packaged in plastic?  See if you can find them in bulk.  Does that water bottle have BPA in it?”  Well, now you can listen to my voice for real.  (I think you’ll find my actual voice may be kinder and gentler than the one in your head.)… Read the rest

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November 10, 2013

Thinking About Toothpaste at a Meditation Retreat

It’s been a busy two weeks, and I haven’t had a spare minute to write a blog post. I shouldn’t actually be writing one now because I’m at a silent meditation retreat, and it’s not really allowed.

But being here at the retreat center, a place I’ve come twice a year for the past 14 years or so, I remembered something that happened here 9 or 10 years ago, and thought I’d share.… Read the rest

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October 24, 2013

Quick Action: Ask Vita-Mix to bring back the stainless steel blender pitcher!

Did you know Vita-Mix, the high speed blender that is so fast it can make hot soup, originally came with a stainless steel container instead of plastic?

If you don’t have time to read this whole post, please click the following link to sign and share the brand new petition I posted on Change.org last night asking the company to bring back the stainless steel container.

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