My Plastic-free Life - Forum: Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/ Simple:Press Version 5.6.3.1 Angie Miles on Greener Easter Solution http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/greener-easter-solution/#p1485 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/greener-easter-solution/#p1485 Hi all

I read Beth's blog entry from spring 2011 and thought....hmmm....maybe members here would appreciate and support my RePeeps effort.  I have an idea under review on Quirky for a few days more.  With enough "yes" votes, it may go into production.  It would mean more of the good, fun stuff about Easter egg decorating without the plastic repercussions.  Please consider supporting it as an idea and if and when it becomes a real product...please choose RePeeps.

https://www.quirky.com/invent/1393242/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories=all

Thanks!

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:09:05 -0700
Beth Terry on Retail Plastic Garment Bags http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1467 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1467 Hi Dana. By "garment bag" do you mean a regular department store type of shopping bag, or are you talking about the kind of bag you get from the drycleaners?

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:23:06 -0700
dana on Retail Plastic Garment Bags http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1466 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1466 Bring your own garment bag or recommend a paper one. Not sure they exist but it sounds like a good idea. 

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:51:20 -0700
Dana on Retail Plastic Garment Bags http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1465 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/retail-plastic-garment-bags/#p1465 When I shop retail, I normally take the garment I buy, without a plastic bag. The clerk normally urges me to take the garment wrapped in plastic. I'm wondering if there is any way to recommend to the store an alternative to plastic. Is there any product out there that a retail store could use that isn't too expensive, as an alternative to plastic wrap? Then, I could urge the store to use it.

Thanks!

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:41:49 -0700
Kre8ivl8y on Hoo-Rayovac! Plastic-free batteries! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p1440 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p1440 Hi Eve! I am new to this website and so excited to be here! How did those batteries work out for you? I am drastically trying to reduce (and eventually eliminate) all disposable items in our house and have been searching for safe (and plastic-free) battery alternatives or rechargeable batteries that people recommend. I have heard that rechargeable batteries sometimes do not last as long as non-rechargeable batteries and was curious as to whether or not it would be worth the switch! Are you still using that same brand? 

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Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:57:49 -0800
Natalie on Sriracha in a jar... http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1250 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1250 I am so glad that you posted this.  I looked up sriracha on here and followed your lead to order from Dark Star.  This sauce is super tasty and I have been making foods just to go with it.  I think it's very important because the hot sauce probably makes the plastic chemicals leech more than most liquids, because of the heat.

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Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:04:21 -0700
Beth Terry on Sriracha in a jar... http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1105 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1105 That sounds really great. Thank you for taking the initiative to ask that the owner bottle it in a different container for you. It's a great example for all of us to speak up and ask for what we want!

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Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:28:56 -0800
Laurie on Sriracha in a jar... http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1097 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/sriracha-in-a-jar/#p1097 So, I am a big fan of sriracha hot sauce...you know the stuff in all the Asian restaurants that comes in a plastic squeeze bottle with a rooster on it.  I was having trouble finding a plastic-free alternative that actually tastes good.  While searching online, I found a guy who makes his own for his restaurant and sells it online.  It's called Dark Star.  I took a chance and emailed him to see if it came in glass or plastic.  Well, he wrote back immediately and said he usually bottles it i a plastic squeeze bottle but he would be happy to send a special order using the jars he uses for some other products.  While I wish he always used glass, I was so excited about his willingness to make the special effort.  He even re-used paper to wrap the jars in the shipping box. I waited to post here until I tasted it...it's really yummy! So if you love the sriracha...check this guy out and take the time to email a special request.  

http://20brix.com/DS/index.html

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Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:34:59 -0800
Beth Terry on Beauty products - and a great gift idea! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/beauty-products-and-a-great-gift-idea/#p843 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/beauty-products-and-a-great-gift-idea/#p843 Hi.  I do know about Herban Crafts!  Karen Lee is a blogger friend of mine, and she is going to send me images and do a little interview with me.  I'll blog about it here soon!

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Wed, 23 May 2012 23:11:01 -0700
Eve Stavros on Beauty products - and a great gift idea! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/beauty-products-and-a-great-gift-idea/#p842 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/beauty-products-and-a-great-gift-idea/#p842 Two Etsy-treneurs have started a small company with a big idea and are doing it plastic free!!! Herban Crafts is a start-up offering DIY beauty craft kits: cologne, bath salts, lip balms, body scrub, herbal soaps.  The kits are attractive, and made up of "organic, pesticide-free and planet-friendly ingredients" and contain NO PLASTIC; all packaging is made of recycled, recyclable and/or biodegradable materials.  One photo showed what looked like plastic bags, but when I contacted one of the ladies, she wrote back that they are vegetable cellulose, which will break down.  Right now they're in start-up mode, with a campaign on IndieGoGo (http://www.indiegogo.com/herbancrafts), but you can also order direct from their website, http://www.herbancrafts.com.  I think I just took care of a couple of birthday gifts!  If you'd like more info, check out a really good interview on Crafting a Green World (dot com, of course).  We need more folks like these ladies!

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Tue, 22 May 2012 03:45:50 -0700
Eve Stavros on MEI Luggage http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mei-luggage/#p777 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mei-luggage/#p777 I just wanted to pass along some kudos to a American-based maker of high-quality (though not-plastic-free) luggage, which, if I believe my new travel guru at onebag.com (carry-on - only, ever), should last me the rest of my travellin' days.  While the bag is Cordura nylon, with plastic clips, nylon webbing, etc., it is made to order, right here in the US of A, and the company was 100% responsive to my email request to ship it without any plastic packaging whatsoever!!  Thank you, Mountain Equipment, Inc.  for honoring my wishes, and maybe you'll continue to save yourself, and the rest of us, plastic!  For now, I'm loading up my new MEI Voyageur and heading to Africa in 3 weeks!

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:24:39 -0700
julsie on Cuisinart's new nonstick http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/cuisinarts-new-nonstick/#p775 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/cuisinarts-new-nonstick/#p775 We just moved, and thanks to our utter lack of organization, we found ourselves in our new house with the contents of our old fridge and pantry, but no cookware.  We went to the grocery store for a few essentials to tide us over, and my favorite find was a Green Gourmet skillet.  The coating is ceramic, the packaging is cardboard, and the fine print specifies that it's petroleum-free.

 

http://www.cuisinart.com/produ.....gg-12.html

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Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:11:39 -0700
Diana on HP Printer packaging http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p754 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p754 we refill our cartridges,we buyed a 500 ml bottle of ink you need a seringe to fill them 

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:11:49 -0800
Beth Terry on PLAN toys http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/plan-toys/#p581 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/plan-toys/#p581 Yes, I love Plan toys. I knew the toys were plastic-free but didn't know about the packaging until I stopped by a local toy store a few weeks ago to check it out. There were some toys with plastic wrappers inside the boxes. I didn't note exactly which ones had plastic and which ones had paper. But there was far less plastic than comes with most toys. I'll bet if you order from the company online, you can request zero plastic packaging ahead of time.

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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:55:07 -0700
julsie on PLAN toys http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/plan-toys/#p580 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/plan-toys/#p580 I've purchased 3 items from PLAN toys now, not all at the same time, and every one has been plastic-free.  They're wood toys and come in cardboard boxes with paper wrappers on the inside.  I've been buying them from Amazon.

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Thu, 27 Oct 2011 07:17:33 -0700
julsie on Hoo-Rayovac! Plastic-free batteries! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p527 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p527 Woohoo!  I'll have to look for those.  Rechargeable batteries are great in theory, but not working well for me these days.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2011 18:54:58 -0700
Eve Stavros on Hoo-Rayovac! Plastic-free batteries! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p525 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hoo-rayovac-plastic-free-batteries/#p525 Finally! Today I found 4-packs of rechargeable AA batteries in all cardboard packaging! Not even a bit of plastic over the cutout window. It's about time! Got them at WalMart, so they should be available everywhere. Supposed to be super long-lasting too.

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Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:49:40 -0700
Beth Terry on Wild Dill http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/wild-dill/#p513 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/wild-dill/#p513 Thanks! I checked out the site, and they even mention their packaging on the web site. They didn't mention tape, so I'm glad to hear it's not plastic either. Cheers!

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Thu, 06 Oct 2011 11:18:05 -0700
julsie on Wild Dill http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/wild-dill/#p511 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/wild-dill/#p511 I just spent a gift certificate at wilddill.com (organic children's clothing and wooden toys) and was pleasantly surprised with my package.  The clothes were wrapped in brown kraft paper, and the box was sealed with paper tape.  The only plastic in the whole thing was those little hangy things that hold on the manufacturer's tags.  It was a very good experience, and I would shop there again if they were ever in my price range.

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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 16:19:20 -0700
animalperson on Mountain Rose Herbs http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p507 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p507 Well things must have changed in the last 2 years because I just received an order of herbs from

Mountain Rose Herbs

   and they were in plastic bags. I almost fainted when I opened the box.

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Sun, 02 Oct 2011 06:50:10 -0700
julsie on HP Printer packaging http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p492 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p492 I had a friend who was constantly posting laser printers to freecycle for that very reason!  But I told her to read the fine print:  laser printers generally come with a starter toner cartridge that doesn't go as far as a regular cartridge.  I'm not sure if that's true for inkjets.

Nice to know that HP gets it!

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Tue, 20 Sep 2011 09:57:19 -0700
Louise on HP Printer packaging http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p481 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/hp-printer-packaging/#p481 We just bought a new HP Deskjet Printer. When we opened the box we were pleasantly surprised (actually, shocked) to find it wrapped in a reusable shopping bag instead of plastic. It was held in place with cardboard instead of styrofoam too. What's frustrating, though, is the realization that since the $19 printer came complete with printer cartridges (however little ink they might contain), it is probably cheaper for me to buy a new printer everytime I run out of ink than it is to buy replacement cartridges. What's up with that?

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Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:53:36 -0700
Beth Terry on Mountain Rose Herbs http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p231 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p231 I've heard good things about them. It's great that you can buy your tea "in bulk" without too much plastic. I get mine from the bulk jars at Whole Foods or Rainbow Grocery. But I would certainly check them out if I didn't have a local source.

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Wed, 30 Dec 2009 04:15:00 -0800
curlymonkey on Mountain Rose Herbs http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p225 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p225 I love them too!

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Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:28:10 -0800
ejwm on Mountain Rose Herbs http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p224 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/mountain-rose-herbs/#p224 So I recognize that shipping stuff all the way across the country from Oregon to Pittsburgh is not the greenest thing in the world I could do, but Mountain Rose Herbs had everybody beat when I went looking for bulk organic chamomile and rooibos teas. Our favorite organic rooibos supplier sold boxes (not wrapped in plastic) of bagged tea that used to come in paper individual wrappers; the latest (and last) box was opened to find 20 individual plastic bags, no indication on the outside what happened or that a change was made, I wanted to cry. I've been planning the switch to 100% loose leaf for a while, but that, and Christmas, clinched it. They're cheaper (by about 70%), they ship in 1# and 5# increments (and smaller, but I like bulk), and best of all, the only plastic involved was the tape on the shipping box. Their web site, http://www.mountainroseherbs.com lists a bunch of other company practices that indicate that they "get it". Until I can find a local producer for my hot beverage fix, or kick the habit, they'll have my business. My boyfriend indicates that the rooibos is the best he's ever tasted, too. Oh, they sell other stuff, like cream bases for cosmetics, that are all organic and natural, but I'm not that hard core... yet :D

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Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:22:16 -0800
Beth Terry on Amazon.com Frustration Free Packaging http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/amazon-com-frustration-free-packaging/#p109 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/amazon-com-frustration-free-packaging/#p109 The difference between the frustration-free packaging and the regular packaging is kind of amazing, as shown in this video:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/p.....TXLYALTON1

I only wish the product inside the packaging wasn't a big hunk of plastic!

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Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:40:30 -0800
sharonus on Amazon.com Frustration Free Packaging http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/amazon-com-frustration-free-packaging/#p103 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/amazon-com-frustration-free-packaging/#p103 I just heard about Amazon.com's Frustration Free Packaging. The fact that it's easier to open is great, but I'm more excited about the environmental impact:

http://www.amazon.com/frustration-free

They even have a video on the page to show you how much packaging is eliminated from one product.

Of course, it's always best to try to eliminate purchases of new items and buy second-hand instead. But most of us (especially those with kids) are going to continue to buy new things from time to time. It's great to be able to have an option with so much less waste.

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Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:46:27 -0800
Jeffie on More plastic-free soap nuts http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/more-plastic-free-soap-nuts/#p81 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/more-plastic-free-soap-nuts/#p81 Beth, your soap nuts post inspired me to order. I did a quick search and found Tidbit, which happens to be having a great sale on the largest size. I followed your example and asked about the packaging and alternatives, and she was amazingly responsive! I just received my 1,000 grams (I'm going to give some away as gifts:)), all in 1 brown paper bag. She advised me to store them in glass once I got them here.

http://www.tidbit-couture.com/.....t=SoapNuts

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Sun, 08 Nov 2009 06:41:11 -0800
JohnUK on TetraPak aiming for sustainable practice http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/tetrapak-aiming-for-sustainable-practice/#p34 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/tetrapak-aiming-for-sustainable-practice/#p34 Hi admin. Thanks for the reply. The poor recyclability of the package means that special reprocessing is required, hence the take-back from the UK. As the package is used by other companies, for their produce, reusables are less practical since the design requires a light-weight, compact structure.

The plastic aspect is a negative to some extent, but polythene is less controversial than others, like polycarbonate. Tetra Pak could not function as efficiently using glass, which it was designed to replace.

My preference for Tetra Paks is also to do with single-use PET options which can only be downcycled. Plastic bottles generally are a bigger negative, whereas Tetra Paks can be reprocessed, though not easily everywhere. That last point needs attention by the company.

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Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:08:22 -0800
Beth Terry on TetraPak aiming for sustainable practice http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/tetrapak-aiming-for-sustainable-practice/#p33 Business Success Stories http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/business-success-stories/tetrapak-aiming-for-sustainable-practice/#p33 Hi John. I think it's great the Tetra Pak is willing to take back and recycle its containers. I do wonder, however, how much energy and materials could be saved in the first place with reusable containers vs. disposable ones. Tetra Paks are difficult to recycle because of the many layers of materials in the aseptic packaging: plastic, cardboard, aluminum, cardboard, plastic. Few recyclers are able to deal with this kind of mixed material.

I do realize that Tetra Paks allow for products to be kept on the shelf without refrigeration, which reduces the energy necessary to keep them cool as well as prevents wasted food. But at the same time I'm concerned about eating/drinking foods that are stored in plastic if I don't know what chemicals have been added to the plastic.

I guess what I'm saying is that there are pros and cons. While I do appreciate Tetra Pak's move toward Extended Producer Responsibility, I personally don't buy food and beverages packaged in Tetra Paks.

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