My Plastic-free Life - All Forums Simple:Press Version 5.7.4 Debra McNeely on Exactly what we didn't need....more plastic bags being used by pet owners to pick up after their pets!!! Rant, Rant, Rant! It appears to me that everyone with a dog uses plastic bags to pick up doggy poop. Plastic bags are provided at dog parks and at rest areas because it is required to pick up after your pet these days. It doesn't seem to bother anybody that a plastic bag is being used for this purpose. There has to be a better alternative. I wonder how many bags are being used everyday for this and where they all end up, and what kind of impact this is having on our environment. I suppose too it could be argued that all these plastic bags is just as bad as the alternative. The dog parks I have gone to all need people to volunteer or hired to go around and use a shovel and perhaps a cardboard box to collect waste that was neglected to be collected after Fido's daily .....well you know what I mean. I know I can't be the first person to be concerned on this particular use of plastic that could be dealt with in so many other ways, you don't even need to be very creative here. But it is just accepted as ok in our society today and perceived as, "the right thing to do," to clean up after your pet. It's the responsible thing to do so we just grab a plastic bag without thinking of the impact of the plastic. Maybe we are focused on just disposing of the poop as quick and easily as possible, and understandably so, but we need to change this very bad habit to a more healthy solution to our environment.

So does anyone have any statistics on the impact of plastic bags being used for this specific purpose has on our environment? Also, it would be interesting to hear what kind of solutions do you have for this problem? Because if you are like me, I love dogs and can't imagine life without them. But I think we can do better than having something so detrimental to our planet be acceptable to use and readily available and convenient. That is obviously the human's fault as I'm sure Fido would agree.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:16:09 -0700
Sam on Plastic Free Toothbrush Subscription Service Business Success Stories Hey everyone,

Full disclosure I'm looking to get some feedback on my business idea. Here's the link ViroBrush.

My general belief is that most people if, given the option will choose a product that is environmentally friendly over a more harmful product if all else is equal. The problem is that the way our society is currently structured choosing plastic free and environmental products in most scenarios comes at a cost either through actual cost, inconvenience, or performance. My goal with this product is to eliminate any differences by offering a bamboo toothbrush that is delivered directly to your door (convenience), cost competitive, and does a better job of maintaining your oral health (performance) .

For years I have heard, "when the consumer starts demanding it we will make" in relation to offering more sustainable products. I think the reverse is true. The producers should be the ones making it easier for consumers limit their environmental impact.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:45:30 -0700
Brenda on Prescription bottles Plastic-free Alternatives I have reactions to plastic prescription bottles..What is an alternative for's really become a problem for throat tightens and hurts and feels like needles in back of my throat..I've been putting pills in corning bowl as soon as I get home with please

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:37:28 -0800
Allison Williams on Field Roast Grain Meat Company Citizen Action Hello,


I wrote one of my favorite food companies Field Roast Grain Meat Company and they actually wrote back! (They are amazing grain based vegetarian meat products!) Right now their sausages and other products come in plastic packaging. I asked if they would/are considering other more sustainable options and they asked if I had any suggestions. The thing is I don't really know. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts? They do provide some delis with their meats (though that still comes in its own packaging). I came across vegetarian casings, but I don't know what they would have to put it in after that... (Right now the sausage is in a plastic casing that then just has a label around it.) I could use help with some suggestions.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:23:10 -0800
JoseVe on What do you do with your old plastic bottles Miscellaneous  Hello all,

Do you have any alternative ideas of recycling the old plastic bottles?? I just stacked up a lot of bottles after cleaning up my home. I don't understand where these bottles are coming from. Anyway, I'm just fed up of disposing plastic bottles every now and then. I found an interesting article which had innovative ideas of recycling old used plastic bottles. I really loved it. Do you guys have any other ideas with plastic bottles? I'm really excited to get more similar innovative ideas. Please share your ideas here. 

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:52:16 -0800
JoseVe on Cups for kids Rant, Rant, Rant! I've also thought about it a lot of times. I really hate disposable cups. I think that they are just try to lessen their cleaning works. 

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:33:52 -0800
JoseVe on bacteria on night guard Miscellaneous You can purchase a dental sanitizing device instead. They are relatively affordable and this device will use UV light to effectively clean your mouth guard.  

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:22:57 -0800
Anna on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish Drainboard Plastic-free Alternatives Under my dish drainer I put a flat stainless steel baking sheet - like a cookie sheet - from the thrift store. It fits perfectly and is slightly raised on one end. Any lid from a storage jar, the kind that clamp down, works really well to prop up one end so the water drains, though you could even use a flat rock because you don't see what's under the tray at all.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:24:48 -0800
Axelle Fortier on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish Drainboard Plastic-free Alternatives I am not willing to pay $60 for any drainboard, for crying out loud. However, I am willing to put two ancient rubber doorstops under a shallow broiling pan (that's the best I can come up with at this time) and try out that combo as a drainboard.  If so much water flows down the broiling pan that it fills to the brim, I will rig things so the overflow runs into the sink. If the drought weren't over, I'd save the drainboard drippings for a shower. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:52:34 -0800
Beth Terry on Clear Vinyl Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources Hi. Vinyl (aka polyvinyl chloride or PVC) is tricky to dispose of because it contains toxic phthalates. In fact, the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice recommends taking old PVC to your local hazardous waste facility. That's what I did with mine years ago.  Here's more information about the hazards of PVC.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:38:06 -0800
ninaliu on Clear Vinyl Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources I have been holding onto dozens of crisping, yellowing, and deteriorating zippered clear vinyl bags for blankets, sheets, appliances, toys, and baby products and have no idea what to do with them. The material wears and ages so poorly, handicraft upcycling has not worked out for me (even the zippers I've extracted from the bags have fallen apart). Has anyone found collection sites or an industrial manufacturer who accepts the material in smaller quantities?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:31:23 -0800
Mr.Applesauce on Thermal Carafe Plastic-free Alternatives In the same boat. Have an all SS press, now looking at a carafe.... with no avail

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:01:33 -0800
Beth Terry on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish Drainboard Plastic-free Alternatives That's the drainboard I bought. Yeah, expensive. But I really do like it. The slant is great for letting the water run off. And it's rare to find a stainless steel product not manufactured in China.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:44:48 -0800
CaptainPlanet on Plastic-Free Zero Waste Dental Kit (And Packaging) Plastic-free Alternatives In an effort to eliminate floss, toothpicks, etc. I'm looking for a plastic-free (vegan) zero waste dental kit or gum stimulator with plastic-free packaging. So far, everything I've found has a plastic/cardboard package or a questionable case.


Some items I've found:

Dental Kit with Questionable Case:

Gum Stimulator with Plastic/Cardboard Packaging:


Recommendations welcome!

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:59:18 -0800
CaptainPlanet on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish Drainboard Plastic-free Alternatives Thanks!

So far, I've opted for the towel solution. But in the future, I hope to get this stainless steel drainboard: I just wish there were a more economical option.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:48:41 -0800
Beth Terry on Airtight Plastic-Free Spice Jar Alternative Plastic-free Alternatives Wow. Thanks for letting us know about those plastic-free spice jars. I've never seen lids like that before.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:43:37 -0800
CaptainPlanet on Airtight Plastic-Free Spice Jar Alternative Plastic-free Alternatives Thanks for the input!

After hours of more research, I ended up purchasing these glass & stainless steel spice jars:

Just a few flaws:

  • No large opening on spin-top for measuring spoons/large quantities. So, I have to unscrew the lid to get a large amount out.
  • The top opening is too small for even a tsp. to fit into.
  • After washing them, drying the lids took some time. The spin top is secured/pinned to shaker piece, meaning there is a tiny inaccessible gap between the two pieces.
  • Rack doesn't fit into my cabinets (These 80's apartment cabinets have non-adjustable shelves)

But overall, I've found that these work wonderfully! I'll be on the lookout for a larger size (as I still need more) and will update.

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:26:39 -0800
Beatrice on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) Plastic-free Alternatives I tried the Mommypotamus recipe above and mine aren't coming out as I'd hoped. They don't cling like Mommypotamus says they should.  Every blog I've read about these makes them sound very easy but I haven't gotten the perfect one yet!

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:50:26 -0800
Danelfree on The Journey of a Plastic Water Bottle Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources It looks like plastic is used in most of our acquisitions, so a theoretical path of plastic material till it gets useful once again, is good current knowledge. Here we can see one good example The Journey of a Plastic Water Bottle.

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:34:26 -0800
Jo on RE: Good video series on Pacific Garbage Patch Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources Really enjoyed the first part, starting the second one now! Thanks for sharing :)

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:32:14 -0800
Jo on What to do with Old Plastic Toys Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources I've recently started a blog about green living, and would love for you all to check it out, specifically my post on what to do with old plastic toys. Link here

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:05:59 -0800
Beth Terry on Buying meat at the meat counter Plastic-free Alternatives Like Wendy suggested, do you have a local butcher shop nearby? Also, I'm wondering why that older butcher cared about putting raw meat into your container when you're going to be cooking it anyway. I would question him on this. Also, what city do you live in? I would ask to actually see the health code. I think sometimes stores use that as an excuse. Yes, do try Whole Foods if you don't have a local butcher. Our Whole Foods butchers have no problem with using our containers.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:23:45 -0800
kwattam on Holiday Plastic Alternatives Plastic-free Alternatives My sister has just gotten into knitting, and I'm using balls of wool from charity shops to cushion the family's Christmas present parcel :)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:31:42 -0800
Wendy on Buying meat at the meat counter Plastic-free Alternatives Try your local butcher. Our's has better prices and are very happy to sell us meat, cheese and local seafood in our jars. They appreciate our business.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:34:53 -0800
RobinNS on Buying meat at the meat counter Plastic-free Alternatives  I tried buying meat at the meat counter using my own container.  First time I did it at Safeway the butcher was a young guy that was super excited that I was saving on waste, even commented that he wished there were more people doing what I was doing.  Felt good :-)  Second time I tired it the butcher was a more senior employee and he told me he could not use my container because of a health code.  He was sympathetic and said he wished he could because he thought it was a great idea, but that he would get in trouble. (I guess the young butcher didn't know the rules)  I then had the same issue at the deli counter trying to get lunch meat in my own container.  Same excuse, "health code".  We have cut down to only eating meat three times a week, but I guess we'll make that zero this week :-).  Has anyone else come across this issue?  Is it just Safeway?  I'm not very close to a Whole Foods, but thought I would try there.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:50:28 -0800
Rene on Any electric kettles with plastic free interior? Plastic-free Alternatives

This one is programmable and has no plastic inside the lid or where the handle attaches, as so many do. There is a silicone ring seal around the spout and the temperature probe. This is the best I can find that is actually programmable. I did find several more that are not programmable. Reviews are not great, but I'm trying it. The plastic on the handle right by the pot came with chips in it, which did not touch my hand, so I'm ignoring them.

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:51:15 -0800
claire on Plastic Free Alternative to Dish Drainboard Plastic-free Alternatives i just have a designated set of older (not super nice) dish towels that we put under there, and i change it out twice a week. no mold problems, as long as i change it.... although now that i think about it, in our old house i had to change it more frequently because it was over tile with deep ridges and the ridges would get mildewy.

i let it dry out for a day and then dump it in the laundry. since i do cloth napkins and all rags no paper towels (except the paper towel roll designated for dog puke, lol!), it doesn't seem to make an impact on my routine. 

if you want to avoid buying something, and don't want to do cloth, i'd recommend thrift store hunting for a metal tray that's big enough to catch the drips. that would work, wouldn't it?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:37:15 -0800
Beth Terry on Airtight Plastic-Free Spice Jar Alternative Plastic-free Alternatives This is the kind I have:

Unfortunately, the small inner shaker top is plastic, but the outer top is metal. I haven't seen a completely plastic-free version.

I haven't had a problem with the metal lids rusting, but I also don't get them wet. If I need to wash them, I dry them right away and don't let them soak in water.

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 18:28:40 -0800
CaptainPlanet on Airtight Plastic-Free Spice Jar Alternative Plastic-free Alternatives I want to begin buying spices in bulk, and I am looking for airtight plastic-free spice jars with plastic-free shaker tops and lids to store spices in. The containers must have a shaker top (preferably with different size sprinkle-hole options) with a lid--- not just: a screw-on lid with no shaker, an open shaker top with no lid, or a cork top.

The all stainless steel options I've found so far on Amazon have bad reviews about rusting.

This has been quite a challenge to find. 

Also, I don't have any containers to re-use FYI.

All suggestions welcome! Thanks. :) 

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:10:21 -0800
sun on Thermal Carafe Plastic-free Alternatives I've had this one for at least 13 years:  Actually, I think I have an older model... It originally had a plastic housing in the filter assembly, which degraded and broke after about 10 years, so I purchased an all metal filter.  

This press from Sterling Pro comes with an all-metal filter assembly and has super-high customer review ratings (plus 3 sizes!):

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:58:29 -0700