Every time I stay in a hotel (and nowadays, with all the travel I’m doing to promote my book, I’m getting to visit more and more of them), I inevitably roll my eyes at the preponderance of single-sized, plastic-packaged amenities: little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and single-sized soaps. Sure, many guests love them and [...]Read the full post.
Halloween Plastic can be scary! But blogger Amber Dohrenwend has one solution to Halloween plastic. She’s the author of The Cardboard Collective, a blog about using recycled cardboard (the kind you would fish out of the cardboard only recycling bin or dumpster) to create toys, crafts, and furniture. She lives in a small apartment in Tokyo, [...]Read the full post.
I realize Talk Like a Pirate Day is over for 2012, but there’s a certain piraty expression that’s good all year round: Arrr! According to the official website, it means “variously, ‘yes,’ ‘I agree,’ ‘I’m happy,’ ‘I’m enjoying this beer,’ ‘My team is going to win it all,’ ‘I saw that television show, it sucked!’ and ‘That was [...]Read the full post.
When Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff Project) admonishes us to “make change,” she’s not talking about dimes and quarters. She’s one of my personal heroes and someone I was excited to interview back in 2010. So you can imagine how honored I was this year when asked if she could interview me for her podcast The Good Stuff, a companion [...]Read the full post.
It’s hard to find plastic-free versions of a lot of camping supplies. Plastic makes things lightweight and easy to carry in a backpack. I don’t camp a lot, so usually my strategy to avoid new plastic is to borrow from friends or find things second-hand via Freecycle, Craigslist, yard sales, or thrift stores. At [...]Read the full post.
Summer is not yet over, so there’s still time to squeeze in a post about Life Without Plastic’s new Freezycup stainless steel popsicle molds. (Of course, there’s no rule that says popsicles can only be eaten in the summer anyway.) But before I talk about this new mold, let me back up a bit. Two [...]Read the full post.
As someone with fair skin that burns within just a few minutes, I’ve used heavy duty sunscreen in plastic tubes for years. And even after going plastic-free, I’ve found sunscreen to be a challenge. I blogged about sun protection a while back and got some great suggestions from you guys. And this year, I discovered [...]Read the full post.
Since I’ll be away at Burning Man by the time you read this post, I think it’s appropriate to offer a give-away in the spirit of that event where nothing is allowed to be bought or sold, only given away for free. And do I have something great to give away. A few nights ago, [...]Read the full post.
I’m a virgin. A Burning Man virgin. Ever since I learned about the annual tribal celebration of fire and self-expression back in the mid 90′s, I have wanted to go and hang out in the Black Rock Desert and express myself. But I’ve never had a friend who wanted to go with me, until [...]Read the full post.
What’s with all these “natural” deodorants in plastic packaging? Four years ago, I found the perfect plastic-free deodorant solution for me. But after discussing the issue with others, I came to realize that deodorants are not one-size (or smell) fits all. We each have different body chemistries and what works great for me might leave [...]Read the full post.