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.
Most of us at this point have gotten in the habit of (or are at least working on) bringing our own reusable bags to the grocery store and refusing take-out food in polystyrene foam containers. (You know, that white foamy stuff we all like to call Styrofoam but actually isn’t Styrofoam because Styrofoam is a [...]Read the full post.
I don’t color my hair often, mainly because I’m lazy and don’t want to take the time to do it. But once a year, when it’s time for the annual BlogHer conference estrogen fest, I feel the need to cover my graying temples that make me look older than I feel. (It’s also the [...]Read the full post.
If I asked you to list the problems with plastic, you might mention toxic chemicals like BPA or phthalates; or the fact that it doesn’t biodegrade; or that animals ingest it; or that there is a toxic soup of plastic swirling around in the world’s oceans. Those are the issues I’ve focused on for the past [...]Read the full post.
Have you guys been following the hoopla about 3-D printers? Those marvelous machines that can make just about anything you want on demand? A year ago, MyPlasticFreeLife.com reader Eleanor K. Sommer contacted me for my opinion about 3-D printers (something I hadn’t even heard of at that point) and was concerned that these machines could [...]Read the full post.
07/25/2012 Update: The Safe Chemicals Act PASSED out of the Environment Committee today! It still has a long way to make it into law, but this is a great first step. Thanks to all who wrote and tweeted! After sitting in committee since last year, the Safe Chemicals Act is scheduled to be voted on [...]Read the full post.
Why is there so much debate about whether plastic chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates are harmful to humans in the amounts at which we’re exposed to them? And why is it so difficult to pass regulations in the United States to protect us from these chemicals? One reason is that regulators are accustomed to [...]Read the full post.
Last week, I received an email from a new Starbucks employee who was shocked by the amount of waste she sees at the store everyday. Many of us do our individual part by bringing our reusable mugs for coffee, but it turns out that, according to this employee (who wants to remain anonymous to keep [...]Read the full post.