My Plastic-free Life - Forum: Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/ Simple:Press Version 5.6.7 SVen on Bulk Fresh Pantry not so fresh? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-fresh-pantry-not-so-fresh/#p1698 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-fresh-pantry-not-so-fresh/#p1698 You need to find a food co-op. I belong to a student Eco food co-op and honestly, although things are slightly more expensive than the shops, it's got a huge turn over (so no stale or old things) plus I honestly can't buy it much cheaper even straight from the supplier. Plus they source as many things locally as possible. 

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:52:36 -0800
greenluv on Are all plastics bad? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1675 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1675

Casbes said
I started looking at the consequences of plastic use after reading a news report linking exposure to plastic in items such as pizza boxes to testicular cancer.  Having just gone through the very painful experience of having my 20 year old son diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer I decided to avoid plastic as much as possible.  Out went all of our plastic storage containers, plastic utensils, plastic wrap, etc.  I learned that plastic wrap is actually considered a food additive by the FDA due to its contact with things like the meat you buy in plastic wrapped packages.  Have I eliminated all plastic from our lives?  NO!  But I try!

As it relates to testicular cancer, here are some things to consider:  Testicular cancer rates have doubled since the 1940's and the reported annual rate of increase is 3% a year.  Plastics chemicals can  react with estrogen receptors in the body and many testicular cancers can cause hCG to go up; this is the hormone which is measured by pregnancy tests so some men who have testicular cancer will come back with a positive pregnancy test.  Researchers have suggested that maternal exposure to estrogenic active chemicals during pregnancy may be linked to testicular cancer.  Men with testicular cancer experience gynecomastia, the enlargement of breasts.  All of this leads me to believe it is important to avoid plastic and its effect on estrogen receptors in our bodies.

I try to make as many changes as I can to reduce plastics in our lives.  I struggle with things like shampoo and conditioner containers but I've succeeded in reducing the amount I use by washing my hair less frequently, using less per shampoo, etc.  I take my own containers to the grocery store and buy in bulk when possible.  It was so hard in the beginning but I was VERY motivated by keeping my son safe.  He is 8 months in remission and I am still afraid every day.  It makes me sad that we live in a world where most people blindly accept disposable, wasteful and potentially health stealing convenience items that I believe will prove to ultimately be not so convenient at all.

Casbes said
I started looking at the consequences of plastic use after reading a news report linking exposure to plastic in items such as pizza boxes to testicular cancer.  Having just gone through the very painful experience of having my 20 year old son diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer I decided to avoid plastic as much as possible.  Out went all of our plastic storage containers, plastic utensils, plastic wrap, etc.  I learned that plastic wrap is actually considered a food additive by the FDA due to its contact with things like the meat you buy in plastic wrapped packages.  Have I eliminated all plastic from our lives?  NO!  But I try!

As it relates to testicular cancer, here are some things to consider:  Testicular cancer rates have doubled since the 1940's and the reported annual rate of increase is 3% a year.  Plastics chemicals can  react with estrogen receptors in the body and many testicular cancers can cause hCG to go up; this is the hormone which is measured by pregnancy tests so some men who have testicular cancer will come back with a positive pregnancy test.  Researchers have suggested that maternal exposure to estrogenic active chemicals during pregnancy may be linked to testicular cancer.  Men with testicular cancer experience gynecomastia, the enlargement of breasts.  All of this leads me to believe it is important to avoid plastic and its effect on estrogen receptors in our bodies.

I try to make as many changes as I can to reduce plastics in our lives.  I struggle with things like shampoo and conditioner containers but I've succeeded in reducing the amount I use by washing my hair less frequently, using less per shampoo, etc.  I take my own containers to the grocery store and buy in bulk when possible.  It was so hard in the beginning but I was VERY motivated by keeping my son safe.  He is 8 months in remission and I am still afraid every day.  It makes me sad that we live in a world where most people blindly accept disposable, wasteful and potentially health stealing convenience items that I believe will prove to ultimately be not so convenient at all.

Thankfully, I also had to get rid of the plastic cups in the kitchen. I was afraid of them. And I wouldn't eat or drink anything out of plastic or styrofoam containers at all. I also want to replace my shower curtain with a hemp one and use other none plastic items. Does this sound irrational of me?

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:43:29 -0800
Casbes on Are all plastics bad? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1674 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1674 I started looking at the consequences of plastic use after reading a news report linking exposure to plastic in items such as pizza boxes to testicular cancer.  Having just gone through the very painful experience of having my 20 year old son diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer I decided to avoid plastic as much as possible.  Out went all of our plastic storage containers, plastic utensils, plastic wrap, etc.  I learned that plastic wrap is actually considered a food additive by the FDA due to its contact with things like the meat you buy in plastic wrapped packages.  Have I eliminated all plastic from our lives?  NO!  But I try!

As it relates to testicular cancer, here are some things to consider:  Testicular cancer rates have doubled since the 1940's and the reported annual rate of increase is 3% a year.  Plastics chemicals can  react with estrogen receptors in the body and many testicular cancers can cause hCG to go up; this is the hormone which is measured by pregnancy tests so some men who have testicular cancer will come back with a positive pregnancy test.  Researchers have suggested that maternal exposure to estrogenic active chemicals during pregnancy may be linked to testicular cancer.  Men with testicular cancer experience gynecomastia, the enlargement of breasts.  All of this leads me to believe it is important to avoid plastic and its effect on estrogen receptors in our bodies.

I try to make as many changes as I can to reduce plastics in our lives.  I struggle with things like shampoo and conditioner containers but I've succeeded in reducing the amount I use by washing my hair less frequently, using less per shampoo, etc.  I take my own containers to the grocery store and buy in bulk when possible.  It was so hard in the beginning but I was VERY motivated by keeping my son safe.  He is 8 months in remission and I am still afraid every day.  It makes me sad that we live in a world where most people blindly accept disposable, wasteful and potentially health stealing convenience items that I believe will prove to ultimately be not so convenient at all.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:28:59 -0800
Beth Terry on Are all plastics bad? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1667 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1667 I have some answers for you, but since I'm the creator of this blog, perhaps it would be better to see if anyone else weighs in first.

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:06:51 -0800
greenluv on Would you agree with my dad or not? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/would-you-agree-with-my-dad-or-not/#p1666 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/would-you-agree-with-my-dad-or-not/#p1666 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:03:33 -0800 greenluv on Are all plastics bad? http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1664 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/are-all-plastics-bad/#p1664 Are all plastics bad like the creator of this blog thinks? My dad and I were talking about reducing the use of plastic in our household, which includes the kitchen, and then I talked to him about plastic wrap and packaging in food along with plastic utensils like the rice spatula and he claimed that all plastics aren't bad which caused an argument. Would you agree or disagree with him, especially when he calls the creator of this blog irrational? Is it irrational to avoid plastic or not?

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:27:50 -0800
Beth Terry on Bulk Barn - You suck! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1663 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1663 I don't know how Bulk Barn does it, but at other stores like Whole Foods, you write the tare weight on the container and they deduct it at the checkout. It depends on the store. Better to ask how its done before filling up a container for the first time.

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:13:08 -0800
KevinMcL on Bulk Barn - You suck! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1649 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1649 Hi.

Other than paper sacks, how does a store like Bulk Barn (or any of the others mentioned) sell you a few grams of herb or spice? 

Certainly, I think paper would be a big improvement over plastic for holding each of your bulk purchases, but I'm curious about the logistics of other approaches.   If you bring containers for bulk products that are sold by the ounce or gram, how does the employee determine the tare weight? By the time you get to the checkout, you already have the product in your container.  

 

Thanks

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:25:09 -0700
Beth Terry on Bulk Barn - You suck! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1639 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1639 Thank you for creating this petition! I have shared it via social media and via my email newsletter today.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:49:29 -0700
Eric on Bulk Barn - You suck! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1635 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/bulk-barn-you-suck/#p1635 Hey guys, there is a new (as in just today) petition started to convince Bulk Barn to reverse its backwards policy on mandatory single use plastics.

Sign and share it around. Hopefully together we can get them to change and provide Canada wide access to plastic free food shopping!

https://www.change.org/p/bulk-barn-food-limited-to-offer-an-environmentally-conscious-option-to-their-consumers?recruiter=16282742&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&sharecordion_display=control

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:04:13 -0700
edible employee on Edible Arrangements, %#$@!!!! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1595 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1595 Actually, I work at Edible and the pineapple that is cut is used in arrangements, the left over pineapple that you think is wasted actually is not it is used to make fruit salad. 

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:39:26 -0700
silver on Forced Plastic http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/forced-plastic/#p1576 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/forced-plastic/#p1576 Thank you Bizzmckill. There are alternatives to bug spray. I have used some natural alternatives for keeping "pests" at bay, and it is amazing on how easy and effective these methods work. There are different methods and some are better than others.This is why it is great to share.

Gotta remember that most people are learning (including myself) one new thing and way at a time. It is great when we get successful stuff immediately, but sometimes it is trial and error. Don't give up. What type of bugs are/were you dealing with?

I may be advanced to some of you, but not as advanced to others. That takes one step at a time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_

http://ca.kompass.com/a/sacks-.....06/(cloth)

These links I share because? The pesticide company should sell their little poison in a drawstring jute bag, like some cosmetics companies do. The North American governments shouldn't fine anyone for refusing a plastic bag for the poison they permit companies to provide or push. Ontario, has started to apply laws banning the use of poisons and there is a Fine for using certain poisons (though the poison may still be shipped and on shelves in stores). What??? Supply and demand?

And maybe the store owner/manager should think about some things there as well.

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Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:31:49 -0700
Mezzie on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1509 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1509 Yikes. I've never had a problem using my own bags for produce or bulk items, but I was just going to start bringing my own containers for meat and cheese. I guess I'll try and see what happens.

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:20:17 -0800
Louise on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1473 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1473 A bit off topic, but now I wonder if my local Walmart will let me use my own (nice and new) cloth bags for produce. (We're too small for a Whole Foods nearby!) Guess I will have to try it out....

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:52:43 -0700
Mindy on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1472 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1472 I lived in western Mass up until last summer and was told the same thing at the WF there, that I couldn't bring my own containers for bulk, meat, etc, but I could use my own cloth produce bags.  The local co-op didn't allow people to bring their own containers either (they said it was a Mass state health code or something like that), but they had glass jars you could use for bulk for which you paid $1 deposit for each.  Ok, that would have been great, but usually their jars were DIRTY!  I mean it looked like they hadn't even been washed and were greasy looking with stuff stuck inside.  How is that more hygienic than me bringing my own CLEAN jars??  Often times, my husband would bring the jars back clean and reuse those for our purchases and put more of their dirty jars in our cart to get our deposit back.  No one ever noticed and we felt better about the cleanliness. 

Now we live in Portland, OR and bring glass jars for everything at WF - meat, fish, bulk, all of it.  I was told technically they're not supposed to do it for meat and fish, but I never have a hard time with it at one particular store.  It's fantastic.  We've cut our trash so much!  Unfortunately, it's one of the few things we like about Portland and want to move back to Mass.  I'm not looking forward to switching back to all the waste, though. 

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:35:53 -0700
Beth Terry on Edible Arrangements, %#$@!!!! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1452 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1452 Absolutely! Do you want to start a thread on their Facebook page and link it here? Then, I can link it to my Facebook page, and so on... let's let them know what we think about all their plastic. I received all that plastic too, several years ago after surgery when my office sent me "healthy" fruit. Healthy serving of plastic.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:28:06 -0700
Meredith on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1451 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1451 YES! I have had the same problem. I just moved to Chicago and they kept telling me different things, but Whole foods officially won't let me use my CLEAN glass containers.  Yell

 

And in Silly Chicago it's basically the only reasonably affordable place where you can buy things in bulk. Needless to say I don't know if I'm ever going back.

 

 

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:50:13 -0700
Lily on Edible Arrangements, %#$@!!!! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1448 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/edible-arrangements/#p1448 My family is pretty conscious about reducing plastic, but the one area we can't avoid is food that comes home from my dads workplace. Well meaning customers often send in lunch, bagels, booze, coffee, and all the plastic convenience items that accompany these things. Sometimes though, they don't tell the shop, and all the guys will have already eaten lunch, breakfast, etc, and the food will just end up sitting in the fridge. Rather than let it all go to waste, my dad will bring it home and we will eat/use/disperse the products (I empty sugar packets and little cream containers like a maniac at 12 a.m into the sugar and cream jar, because I know certainly members of the family won't use them otherwise, (shhh!). And sometimes the quantities are ridiculous (like 50 bagels ridiculous), so we disperse to neighbors and friends)

 

An edible arrangement came home with him a few months ago, and for a few seconds I was overjoyed. Fresh Fruit is a hot commodity in the winter in the northeast if you can't afford the out of season imported price. But then I started surveying the situation. At first I thought it was just the large plastic bag encasing the whole deal, but then I realized the fruit was on plastic skewers. The plastic skewers were stuffed in styro-foam blocks. The Metal bucket was just for show- there was a second rigid plastic bucket inside the plastic bucket (I assume to prevent leaks) and in the plastic bucket was plastic absorbent pads for the moisture that collected in the plastic bucket. Then I started thinking things like, how much pineapple gets wasted to cut those stupid pineapple stars? The plastic left over amounted to a spacial volume about 3x that of the fruit.

I'm normally pretty even keeled, but I was pretty livid after uncovering all this plastic, none of it stamped with recycling signs. Reducing plastic often seems like a lost war, and sometimes so much of it being forced on you can make a person crack. And it was all so freaking unnecessary. Fruit often comes with plastic anyway ( I can't find a pineapple without a plastic hang tang, that's another rant), and edible arrangements effectively quadruples the waste that comes with fresh fruit from the food store. 

At first I resolved that I was going to drive to the nearest edible arrangements store and dump the whole mess of plastic in front on the door with a nice, informative note. But, when I cooled down, I realized that the people who work at edible arrangments probably don't deserve a mean spirited action, and maybe I should just mail it to corporate headquarters! But, I also acknowledged that if I did this, I would be wasting fuel and postage money, and that all the waste would probably be dumped in a dumpster after just a slight twinge of annoyance. So I stuffed it in my front porch, my official place for all things I cannot deal with at the moment, and let it irk me every time I went in there all winter long.

But spring is coming, and so is the cleaning frenzy of the front porch. So, I drilled some holes in the metal bucket, filled it in with dirt and cilantro seeds, and inverted the clear plastic bucket on top to make germination faster. The large clear plastic bag was cut up into squares to cover pots for the same purpose. I threw out the absorbant pads, and now I'm left with styrofoam and plastic skewers. What the %&# am I supposed to do with plastic skewers? (that isn't a rhetorical question. seriously. I need some ideas)

 

Also, I really want to make some sort of noise that edible arrangement can actually hear. check out this last years earth day post from edible arrangements on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ediblearrangements/posts/10150763264258817

Happy Earth Day! Tell us what you'll be doing today to pay tribute to the earth! Hiking? Composting? Having a picnic?

 

 

...Perhaps with earth day coming this year, we could give them some suggestions?

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:08:45 -0700
Nancy on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1429 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1429 I was disappointed after I was told at a farmer's market bagel stand that it was against the health code to use my own bag for bagels. So I looked it up, and there has been an amendment to the 2013 FDA regulations regarding reusable containers. It's labelled 3-304.17, and it says that a consumer can't use a container to refill at a food establishment unless the food establishment sanitizes it first. There are other ridiculous aspects to the regulation, but it pretty much puts an end to bringing in containers. I'm hoping I'm reading it werong, and I'm really bummed.

 

I just finished Beth's book, which was awesome.

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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:50:07 -0800
diane on Dear Wegman's, You Suck. http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/dear-wegmans-you-suck/#p1423 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/dear-wegmans-you-suck/#p1423 I know this is over 3 years old by now, but they referred your complaint to the cheese department because the olive bar is maintained by the the cheese department. I work at wegmans =]

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Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:46:50 -0800
Melody on Cups for kids http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/cups-for-kids/#p1417 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/cups-for-kids/#p1417 Why do so many restaurants bring disposable cups for kids even when they have nice washable ones for the adults? My older daughter hates the taste of the plastic. My younger makes a terrible mess with a straw so we always take the lid and straw away even when I forget to ask for real cups.

 

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Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:52:31 -0800
Michel on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1370 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1370 I moved back to central Florida, after living a few years in the Inland Northwest.  So easy to be green up there!!  

So far, most stores have been agreeable to my practices. I have always used my own bags, 28 years now, and also my own produce/bulk bags. After reading Bea Johnson's book, I kicked it up a notch, with glass containers, among other things. 

My Whole Foods and Fresh Market are overwhelmingly supportive of what I do.The local  health food store refills my jars with bulk spices and peanut butter.  I have even found an olive oil store that refills (after initial purchase  of their bottle)  olive oil and vinegar. 

I'm writing this because, my goal isn't perfection. It's to do better. Always learning. Always aiming to do my best. The people working behind the food counters are probably told to wear gloves. Personally, for the safety of all, I don't see an alternative. You could request the gloves and perhaps try to biodegrade them in your compost pile. I do realize another pair will be made in their place.  But that pair won't make it to a landfill, where it will never biodegrade. 

I don't believe I will achieve 100 % in this day and age ( my diabetic dog needs syringes, made of plastic) but I do aim for that goal. 

When you see something you want to change, don't complain to the person behind the counter, they have little control over the rules, even the store manager may not be able to help you. Call. Yes, the CEO. I set aside time each week to make phone calls to request better packaging, etc. Ask the question: "what can be done to improve this situation?"  Companies need to hear from us. 

While we need to do better, think how far we've come. I have been teased, over the years,  for some of my practices ( like using  cloth diapers and making homemade chalk, even my sister thought I was crazy making the kid's stencils from cardboard cut-outs as opposed to buying new plastic ones), just last night the cashier commended my efforts and said she wished more would do the same. 

Last, I received my package of toilet paper ( I order online, post consumer waste, wrapped in paper in a box). The packing tape was plastic. I know there is packing tape that is biodegradeable (bought some from U-Haul for my trip here). Anyway, Amazon likes feedback. I requested no more plastic tape. It will be a few months before I order more, hoping to see a change. 

Together, we will make a difference. 

 

 

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Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:30:38 -0700
CottonBottomMama on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1368 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1368

Beth Terry said

CottonBottomMama said
I have seen signs at several Whole Foods also stating to use only the containers provided, and I've been reprimanded by cashiers and store managers. They will not weigh your containers, but if you have the tare weight already and go ahead and fill your containers from the bulk bins, the cashier will just sort of give you a warning. It does seem to be store-by-store though, as some are still okay with it.

Where do you live?  I live in Oakland, CA, and I have never had a problem with any Whole Foods near me giving me an issue with using my own containers.  I believe all of Northern California is like that.  But different areas may have different rules.  I would write to the company and request that all stores allow customers to bring their own to reduce waste.

I am in the Chicago area. The WF stores here are pretty friendly with bringing your own container. The River Forest one used to have signs, but I wrote them a letter, and they took the signs down. I'm not sure whether my letter made a difference, but I'll take it! The Lincoln Park one has scales that will print out a label for you, making checkout smoother. Unfortunately, the computer scales don't allow you to tare your container–they are just set up to tare the containers they provide. I used to live in Omaha, and they would chastise me every time I tried to use my containers. St. Louis also makes it difficult. I have provided written feedback.

The deli/meat/fish counter is even worse–I gave up trying to bring containers there. They would insist on weighing everything on plastic film and would use plastic gloves for everything. If my purchase requires them to put on new plastic gloves and use plastic film to weigh it, what is the point of bringing my own container? Confused

 

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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:58:21 -0700
Beth Terry on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1353 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1353 I think it's better to support your local coop anyway. The only reason I mentioned Whole Foods in my book is that in many areas, it is the only place to shop where you can potentially bring your own container and purchase from bulk bins. It's true, however, that not all the stores have the same policies. I say, support your coop and send Whole Foods a letter explaining why you can no longer shop there.

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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:54:04 -0700
Jo on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1352 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1352 I live in Minneapolis and that happened to me too. Because of it I've sworn off whole foods forever. I already didn't like them because the owner's politics are so bent- but when they told me I couldn't use my own jars I walked right out of the store. They said it was for health code reasons. I protested saying I bring my own jars to all the local coops where they have signs ENCOURAGING shoppers to do just that. The person I spoke to said that this was a policy they must follow bc whole foods was international and they had to adhere to higher regulations than the local coop. For me it's not worth fighting with whole foods. I don't like supporting their corporate machine regardless. I just bring my jars to the coops.

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Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:52:27 -0700
Beth Terry on Silly Whole Foods http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1350 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/silly-whole-foods/page-2/#p1350

CottonBottomMama said
I have seen signs at several Whole Foods also stating to use only the containers provided, and I've been reprimanded by cashiers and store managers. They will not weigh your containers, but if you have the tare weight already and go ahead and fill your containers from the bulk bins, the cashier will just sort of give you a warning. It does seem to be store-by-store though, as some are still okay with it.

Where do you live?  I live in Oakland, CA, and I have never had a problem with any Whole Foods near me giving me an issue with using my own containers.  I believe all of Northern California is like that.  But different areas may have different rules.  I would write to the company and request that all stores allow customers to bring their own to reduce waste.

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Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:21:39 -0700
Jo on Plastics in new home construction http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1340 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1340 EARTHSHIPS ARE AWESOME!!!!

 

They are made out of recycled bottles and tires. They have solar panels and water collection. They are self heating and cooling. They come with a built in green house. They can be in any climate. Not to mention they can be beautiful!!!

 

One of my best friends went to the Earthship Academy to learn how to build them and now could build them anywhere. I would be happy to put anyone interested in learning more about earthships in touch with her. She lives in Toas now where the academy is on the Earthship complex.

 

http://earthship.com/

 

Watch some of the videos on the website about how they are made. Fascinating and brilliant. Or read about all the amazing build projects they have all over the WORLD.

 

 

 

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Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:03:26 -0700
Paulette on Plastics in new home construction http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1338 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1338 I have a friend who is really interested in alternative home building methods and he posts a lot of stuff about the topic on facebook.

 

I had to dig through his wall for an example because he posts different things on facebook every 5 minutes :P but here is an example of what i've seen: http://www.highexistence.com/1.....ng-awesome

 

It's an extremely niche market so I can't image these building methods becoming popular anytime soon, even though that would be awesome. They definitely provide interesting alternative home building ideas and some pretty cool houses. I don't know much more about it because all I know is from what he posts on facebook, but it's a cool thing to look into.

 

Maybe one day this will be the norm!

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Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:58:05 -0700
Plastic-Free Ericka Moderator on Plastics in new home construction http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1337 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1337 Wow, I had no idea. Thank you for posting this. My dads a contractor and I'm going to ask him more info about this to see if he's aware of an alternative. 

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Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:06:46 -0700
sunnysanaz on Plastics in new home construction http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1333 Rant, Rant, Rant! http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/rant-rant-rant/plastics-in-new-home-construction/#p1333 I had this similar shock myself a few months ago when our neighbours did a huge addition of a second story to their bungalow. I came home one day to find my car, my drive way, our lawn... all covered in snowfall of white polystyrene bits.  I almost had a heartattack as our homes back onto Lake Ontario and I could just imagine how much of the white plastic stuff had already been carried by the wind into the lake. When I called out to the contractor, he looked at me like I was crazy, and he said "well, the whole house is being covered in Stucco, and the only way to get a smooth finish is to shave the polystyrene walls flat before applying the stucco finish".  Well that wasn't good enough for me, we called the city of Toronto, and they immediately sent someone over from the EPA. The contractor was fined for not taking to  but it was already too late to do anything about the bits in the lake.

It got me thinking about all of the homes being remodeled in our city, with the same stucco finish, and I can't help but feel overwhelmed. I started digging around and found out that there is now bylaw against containing those pesky shavings specifically and contractors are not required by law to cover their work area with anything to contain the flying polystyrene. Unfortunately, polystyrene is not going anywhere, as the marketing for it touts it as being environmentally friendly (for it's insulation properties) and lasting 1000 years (people seem to think durability is great, but they don't think that it will be in a landfill in 50 years when new home owners rip it out for the sake of newer, trendier homes.) I'm not sure what the solution is, and would love to know an alternative to suggest to my neighbours who are all turning their tiny lakeside cottages into sprawling 3 storey mansions.

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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:56:24 -0700