Illinois’s Challenge Posts

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August 8, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 7

Any plastic tips when you’re going camping? Maybe bring my own ice from my freezer? What do I do if that ice melts? What’s the best way to buy firewood without the packaging? Drive around and find a resident selling firewood from their front yard? Seems like most camping or prepared foods are wrapped in […]

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August 8, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 6

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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July 30, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Elle M, Week 1

I would love some local resources in Chicago. I am most bummed about having to stop supporting my local farmers with grass-fed/organic meat. We do eat a little meat and fish in our house, and I usually buy it from local farmers, but they all wrap it in plastic. I have asked every farmer I […]

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July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 5

What’s a graceful way to explain to people at the check out counter at a coffee shop or restaurant that I’m taking the Plastic Free Challenge so if they could refrain from serving me plastic that it would be appreciated? There’s sushi restaurant that I love, but they use styrofoam containers. I am tempted to […]

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July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 4

Is there a non plastic alternative to Dr. Bonners? I buy it in bulk and use it for just about everything, but it’s in a plastic bottle. Has anyone seen Bragg’s in a glass bottle? But even if it was in a glass bottle, there may be plastic around the lid. Has anyone tried making […]

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July 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 3

What’s the best way to buy bulk toilet paper without the plastic? Besides buying produce at farmer’s markets, is there another way to buy produce without stickers and twist ties? If you are attending an event and 21 and over attendees are asked to put a wrist band on so that bar knows who to […]

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July 9, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 2

Any good suggestions on how to make your own mustard? Any good suggestions on a cup/glass you bring with you to parties when you don’t want a plastic one? I suppose I could bring a travel coffee mug and drink beer/wine out of it at a BBQ, but I wonder if there’s something more classy. […]

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June 12, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Hanh Pham, Week 1

What’s the best way to not get stickers and twisty ties when buying produce? I guess buying from the farmer’s market? I have some many twisty ties from kale and carrots purchases. Is there a way to buy tofu without the plastic? Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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April 2, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Colleen T, Week 3

Location:Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States

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March 24, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Colleen T, Week 2

Any and all Location:Glen Ellyn, IL, Illinois, United States

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March 15, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Colleen T, Week 1

Any and all suggestions appreciated Location:Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States

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March 10, 2013

Plastic Challenge: Clara, Week 1

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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March 27, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Valerie Teruel, Week 4

My kids love (organic) cranberry juice, can’t find one that is sold in glass that is not super expensive. Any ideas for put together homemade recipes? Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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March 27, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Valerie Teruel, Week 3

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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March 23, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Pat Clancy, Week 7

How can I determine whether things are made of cellophane or plastic? For instance, the bag inside of the cereal box, or the see-through bags of granola, the window on the paper bread bag, etc.? Beth has made me think about all these things, and my count this week is higher than ever! Location:Lisle, Illinois, […]

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March 14, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Pat Clancy, Week 6

Is it better to buy organic produce packaged in plastic or bulk items that are not organic? I am finding that sometimes that is my choice. Yesterday I bought nonorganic onions because I really needed onions and didn’t have time to go to another store. When the farmers market starts up in April this will […]

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March 13, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Valerie Teruel, Week 2

Will Aveda accept the flip open lids on all the almond milk/soy milk containers? There is no number on them, but they have the same quality as caps. I’d feel happier being able to recycle at least some part of it. Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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March 7, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Valerie Teruel, Week 1

I’m keeping my old laundry detergent bottles, to reuse when I make my own laundry soap. Does anyone have a recipe that they use? Same with toothpaste, I’m looking for a home made powder, any suggestions of tried and true recipe Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States

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March 7, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Pat Clancy, Week 5

I keep learning here about more things that are plastic that I wasn’t aware of before, so the number of items in my tally goes up instead of down in spite of changes being made. What can I do about mail that comes in window envelopes? I have one plastic magazine sleeve this week from […]

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February 28, 2012

Plastic Challenge: Pat Clancy, Week 4

Location:Lisle, Illinois, United States

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