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.
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
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.
So the container sat in my never-ending “to do” pile for probably about a year… just staring at me… unused and unloved. Until I discovered one perfect use for it.
Storing Bread Without Plastic
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Artist Tess Felix creates amazing portraits out of plastic trash she collects near her home in Stinson Beach, CA. She reached out to me in early 2012 when I was finishing up the manuscript of my book to see if she could do my portrait for the book’s jacket. Sadly, it was too late for that. But this summer, she did a series of portraits of ocean advocates–including me–and displayed them this weekend at the Bioneers Conference in Marin County, CA. I think we all look amazing in plastic, if a bit trashy.
But before I show you our portraits, I have to show you what drew me to Tess’s work in the first place. It’s edgy and bold and makes a statement. A plastic mermaid, for example, with a toy gun. Maybe she’s pissed off at what we are doing to our oceans.… Read the rest