Here are updates to the book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too since the book went to press in January, 2012. I update this page as new information comes in.
Page 86 “…but you can also purchase them online through outlets like GreenFeet.com or PristinePlanet.com.” Sadly, GreenFeet.com, which had been in business for years, shut its doors shortly after the book went to press. You can still connect with Valerie Reddeman, the owner, through GreenFeet’s Facebook page. She continues to post useful information.
Page 102-103 Plastic-Free Hero: Jean Hill. Good news! On April 25, 2012, residents of Concord, Massachussetts passed Jean’s measure to ban bottled water in the city of Concord. The ban takes effect January 1, 2013, pending approval of the state attorney general’s office. (Source: http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-26/metro/31400063_1_ban-water-bottles-town-meetings)
On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, the Massachusetts Attorney General signed off on Concord’s anti-bottled water bylaw. However, the law could still be challenged in court by the bottled water industry. (Source: http://articles.boston.com/2012-09-06/metro/33615546_1_bottled-water-plastic-bottles-ban-sets)
Pages 114-115 Recycling Hero: Lisa Sharp. Just want to let you know that Lisa has an excellent blog: www. RetroHousewifeGoesGreen.com. Lisa is a great example of green living for people who live in rural areas without resources that might be more plentiful for people in bigger cities.
Page 156 “Young Activist Club at Piney Branch Elementary School (www.youngactivistclub.org)” The web address has changed to https://sites.google.com/site/youngactivistclub/home.
Page 206 “Chewing Gum: It’s Plastic.” Since publishing the book, I have discovered a fantastic chewing gum company in England that sells all natural, non-synthetic gum in FSC-certified plastic-free cardboard packaging. Read my review of Peppersmith gum and mints.
Page 242-243 Regarding Seventh Generation recycled toilet paper: After Plastic-Free was written, Seventh Generation changed the size and quantity of its paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls sold in cardboard cases. They now sold in cases of 60, and each roll is 1/4 inch smaller. The price has increased, and as of July 3, 2012, it is not offered as a subscription. Hopefully this will change in the future.
Here is a link to the 2-ply case of 60: http://www.amazon.com/Seventh-Generation-Bathroom-Tissue-Sheets/dp/B007636DIW/
Here is a link to the 1-ply case of 60: http://www.amazon.com/Seventh-Generation-Bathroom-Tissue-Sheets/dp/B007M57K40/
Page 246 “You can often find them at natural grocery stores or through online retailers like Green Feet (www.greenfeet.com), which carries a coconut coir vegetable brush, bottle brush, and even commode brush.” See note for Page 86 above re: Green Feet. I am currently searching for another distributor of these awesome products.
Page 292 “Toys & Kids Stuff” I discovered Cate & Levi’s awesome plastic-free puppets and stuffed toys made from recycled sweaters and local wool after publishing the book. Read my review of Cate & Levi toys.
Page 294 ”Greenfeet.com and Vermont Country Store (www.vermontcountrystore.com) both carry several kinds of natural rubber tub mats and 100 percent cotton shower curtains.” See note for Page 86 above re: Green Feet.
Page 299 “I buy my binders and little notebooks from Rebinder.com…” Rebinder has changed its name to Guided Products.
Page 321 Sadly, the full Gorilla in the Greenhouse website has been removed since the book was published. However, you can still view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV0fP4HuFCo.
Page 323 See note for Page 86 above re: Green Feet.
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