My friend Axelle, super minimalist and organizer extraordinaire, sent me an email a few days ago that was so funny I would have snorted milk out my nose if I’d been drinking milk in the first place. Axelle doesn’t have a blog–or, she does, but she hasn’t written anything in it since 2010. So I asked if I could share it here, since it’s related to my favorite way to reduce plastic use: reducing consumption of everything.
Secrets of Celebrities
by Axelle Fortier
How do Bill and Melinda Gates, two busy bees, keep overwhelm from knocking at their kitchen door?
How do Brad ‘n’ Angie keep it together with their 6 or 7 kids and the dish washing that’s generated by this big, happy family?
How do Donald Trump and the missus maintain their serene bedroom closet and kitchen home-style?
The Obamas: What’s the secret to their success in keeping a tidy White House?
“Two… Read the rest
April 2 2009 Update: The following was written on April 1. Please keep that in mind as you read it. I have not stopped writing this blog!
Well, it’s been a good run. But just this morning, I accepted a job in the marketing department of Johnson & Johnson (Shhh… my current employer doesn’t know yet) and one of the stipulations is that I stop writing Fake Plastic Fish. After all, most of their products come packaged in plastic.
Now, before you get your panties in a twist, I’ve got good news. Their bottles are all recyclable, so it’s okay. Also, they recycle their office paper and turn off the lights when they leave the office, so they really are a green company.
Whatever you do, do not read today’s “emergency” Carnival by the Green Moms. These women have some problems with Johnson & Johnson, specifically the chemicals in the company’s baby products.
But J&J has assured me that these … Read the rest
Last Friday, Arduous wrote a hilarious piece in response to Michael Pollan’s request for readers’ “food rules”. Instead of healthy rules for eating, her post, “Things That I Call Dinner,” confesses menu items such as candy, s’mores, and plain spinach with apples.
My own rule for Michael Pollan, which I left in a comment to his article, is “Real food doesn’t come packaged in plastic.”
That’s all very well and good. What I didn’t say was that sometimes days go by during which I’m too busy or lazy to eat anything but plastic-free bread. That can’t be healthy, can it?
Granted, we do have the best bakery in town. La Farine on College Ave bakes fresh, whole grain, organic bread every day. And I bring my organic cotton ecobag to carry it home… avoiding all packaging, paper or plastic.
Keeping it fresh is another story. Once home, I store the bread inside the… Read the rest
We did a terrible thing yesterday and will now be stripped of our official green membership card. Actually, Michael did it. But he wouldn’t have if I hadn’t begged him to.
We turned up the thermostat on our hot water heater.
Icebergs will melt and polar bears will be stranded because I couldn’t handle one more luke warm shower. This morning, standing in the steamy heat while my skin turned red and blistered, I thought, “How can something that feels so good be so wrong?” And then I started belting out Like A Virgin.
My mom would totally understand. Here’s a picture of her in Hawaii recently when the temp dropped to a frigid 70 degrees F!
This post has nothing to do with plastic but everything to do with questions about how willing we are to make personal sacrifices to care for the wider world outside our own skins. And my skin was screaming for heat.
Fake Plastic Fish readers sometimes make little comments about how they… Read the rest
While Beth is taking another night off from blogging in order to get some much-needed and well-deserved sleep, we bring you A Special Message from the Polar Bear Community:
Our habitat is shrinking due to global warming. If current trends continue, TWO-THIRDS of our population will be driven out of existence.
On top of that, this past week saw the publication of a report about how the Canadians are asserting THEIR claims to the Arctic. Not to mention the Americans, the Norwegians, the Danes … (Much as we like the Canadians, being nice people who generally don’t invade anyone and have those cool Tim Horton’s restaurants, we feel that the best claim to the Arctic is OURS.)
We think the governments of these countries are actually excited that the polar ice is shrinking because that will make it easier to send ships up here to look for resources.
Oh, did we mention what these resources are?
Oil and gas.
And what’s… Read the rest