My Plastic-free Life - Forum: Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/ Simple:Press Version 5.7.3 Danelfree on The Journey of a Plastic Water Bottle https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/the-journey-of-a-plastic-water-bottle/#p1751 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/the-journey-of-a-plastic-water-bottle/#p1751 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.

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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:34:26 -0800
Jo on RE: Good video series on Pacific Garbage Patch https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/re-good-video-series-on-pacific-garbage-patch/#p1749 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/re-good-video-series-on-pacific-garbage-patch/#p1749 Really enjoyed the first part, starting the second one now! Thanks for sharing :)

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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:32:14 -0800
Jo on What to do with Old Plastic Toys https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/what-to-do-with-old-plastic-toys/#p1748 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/what-to-do-with-old-plastic-toys/#p1748 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

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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:05:59 -0800
marion on Eco Vegan Toothbrush website https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/eco-vegan-toothbrush-website/#p1710 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/eco-vegan-toothbrush-website/#p1710 hello beth, hello folks, i thought you might like to know about my site

cheers from marion

https://ecotoothbrush.wordpress.com/

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:16:29 -0700
SVen on Fake Plastic Cork Plant Markers https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p1697 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p1697 Thanks so much for this suggestion! I love wine too ? plus we often have bamboo skewers left that are getting too ratty to reuse and I have a huge vegetable garden where the kids often struggle to find things. This will work so well and I love being able to up cycle items. 

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:45:12 -0800
silver on Canadians for plastic free https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/canadians-for-plastic-free/#p1609 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/canadians-for-plastic-free/#p1609 To start there is a petition you can sign. Learn ideas and share at plastic free life.

https://www.change.org/p/environment-canada-protect-our-waters-enforce-ban-on-plastic-microbeads 
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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:30:24 -0700
webdangol223 on Day 2 of plastic free https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/day-2-of-plastic-free/#p1586 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/day-2-of-plastic-free/#p1586 Great.CoolCool 

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:48:21 -0700
silver on Web Site for Plastic Drop Off Locations (recycle) https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/web-site-for-plastic-drop-off-locations-recycle/#p1580 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/web-site-for-plastic-drop-off-locations-recycle/#p1580 Here is another one.

http://thinkrecycle.com/en/

Organizations earn money for their cause and other benefits, until waste is reduced and other solutions accomplished.

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:56:32 -0700
Dana on Web Site for Plastic Drop Off Locations (recycle) https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/web-site-for-plastic-drop-off-locations-recycle/#p1460 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/web-site-for-plastic-drop-off-locations-recycle/#p1460 http://www.plasticfilmrecyclin.....index.html

Just heard about this web site that offers locations where one can drop off film, plastic bags, some plastic packaging. You just input your zip code and it gives locations.

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Sun, 25 May 2014 21:14:45 -0700
Caterina on Plastic free UK https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1438 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1438 Hello I am another UK based wannabe plastic refusenik, so I shall look at this blog but also look forward to hearing from other UK people about plastic free solutions (toothbrushes? unpackaged food? Etc..).

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:24:32 -0800
Beth Terry on Plastic free UK https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1392 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1392 Check out this blog by a U.K. blogger who has been plastic-free for many years: http://plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com/

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:23:49 -0800
nadyadarling on Plastic free UK https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1381 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1381 Hi Pestomum, I'm just starting too. 

Getting my head round website and life without...! If I find anything useful, I'll post it. x

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:30:44 -0800
Pestomum on Plastic free UK https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1377 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-free-uk/#p1377 Just starting and already finding it difficult to find things this side of the pond. Any suggestions anyone? 

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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 05:59:40 -0800
Rik on Day 2 of plastic free https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/day-2-of-plastic-free/#p1156 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/day-2-of-plastic-free/#p1156 So the challenge I set of plastic free is going OK and tbh I set it to try and not make any waste at all that can not be recycled.

Last night I was down about life so I bought coke and pizza and yes both them are recyclable  so that good.  

I had to go out and get some food shopping and forgot to take a bad with me but that OK I put the paper bags in my bike tailor (so not even used and petrol) that I had on as I needed to go and get a printer from some one that I found off free cycles (raaaaaaa free printer).

 

Now as I am writing I realise that the bags in the bin are plastic and will go to land fill (any hints around this problem please - the bin people refuse to take bins away with out them being in bags)

The second issue is that I have had to turn my computer on to right this mail and this is using electric sourced from the mains.  Is anyone able to suggest a way that I can charge my laptop up with out using mains electric please.

 

Shalom

 

Rik

 

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Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:24:50 -0700
Beth Terry on Could melamine dishes contribute to kidney stones? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/could-melamine-dishes-contribute-to-kidney-stones/#p1119 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/could-melamine-dishes-contribute-to-kidney-stones/#p1119 Interesting.  Study finds that melamine does leach from dishware (many hard plastic children's dishes are made of melamine) into urine, and melamine has been linked to kidney stones.

 

http://consumer.healthday.com/.....AID=672656

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Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:47:33 -0800
Dana on RE: Good video series on Pacific Garbage Patch https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/re-good-video-series-on-pacific-garbage-patch/#p1031 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/re-good-video-series-on-pacific-garbage-patch/#p1031 A camera crew made this video in 2008, accompanying Captain Charles Moore on a voyage to the center of one of the Pacific gyres, and the "Garbage Patch." (Three parts)

Sobering but real, if not alarming. Some adult content (swearing).

http://www.vice.com/toxic/toxi.....and-1-of-3

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Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:25:43 -0800
Elizabeth Mitchel on Plastic Activism in EU and Italy? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p1022 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p1022 Hi Eve,

Thanks for the response. I'm living in a small town in Italy, and as you mentioned, even at the farmers market people bag things before you know what's happening. Lately I've had to swallow my pride a lot and empty out all the bags afterwards. Usually the shop-keepers think I'm crazy rather than conscientious...Also I was hugely disturbed to find that at the big grocery chains here it's REQUIRED to put each different type of produce in a separate plastic bag...otherwise the cashiers get angry with you and make you go and get one. You also have to wear plastic gloves (single use of course) in order to pick up produce. Ridiculous because who knows how many hands have already touched each piece of produce! My solution has been to reuse the same plastic bags, but it seems ridiculous....

Ok maybe this post belonged in the "rants" section. Thanks for the information Eva. 

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Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:36:08 -0800
Eve Stavros on Plastic Activism in EU and Italy? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p1014 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p1014 Reporting from Italy, near Rome...

I can´t say that I´ve seen a plastic bag ban in effect here; the shops seem to be handing them out as much as they used to. However, I did notice that one food stall at a market handed out biodegradable bags. Thank goodness, because my purchase was bagged and handed to me before I knew what was happening.  Most food products one buys at the cheese or deli meat counters come wrapped in paper, though some of that has plastic coating. And many more types of plastic are taken for recycling, that´s for certain.

There seems to be some incentive locally for certain projects. A neighboring town from where my friend lives is running a big composting campaign.

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Fri, 26 Oct 2012 02:05:30 -0700
electrofriend on Recycling - does your local program do what you think it does? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p1001 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p1001 I droop my recyclables off at the dump in special receptacles for each item. I spoke to the lady near where I live and they send the recyclables to companies that reuse the material to make money. They bail the stuff and then once they have enough bails to make the trip profitable it is loaded onto a truck.

 

The one thing I would worry about is if you have a pickup service from your home. There is no way for me to know if the company was separating the stuff or just dumping it all to go into the landfill.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:20:49 -0700
Beth Terry on Recycling - does your local program do what you think it does? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p1000 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p1000 Hi.  I don't know specifically about Philadelphia's recycling, but in general, systems for sorting materials are getting more and more sophisticated.  I would call the department in charge of recycling for your area and ask what items are actually getting recycled and what end up in the landfill.  Recycling is still a market, and only those materials that can be sold will actually be recycled.

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Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:47:41 -0700
RevolutionRecovery on Recycling - does your local program do what you think it does? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p999 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p999 I'm wondering if there has been any update to this issue that you know about?  My city (Philadelphia) has single stream and I recycle just about everything except styrofoam which I keep separate to take to a different recycling facility.  I'd hate to think that my efforts are going to waste!  

 

Since this was originally posted 3 years ago I thought maybe systems have improved...does anyone have information on that?  

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Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:52:57 -0700
Eve Stavros on Plastic Activism in EU and Italy? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p992 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p992 Elizabeth,

I don't know the answer to this yet, but I'm heading for Italy in 2 weeks and staying with a friend who lives there.  She's very environmentally conscious, so I'll check with her.  I know that recycling is required by law in Italy, which leads Europe in recycling of waste materials, so there's certainly a consciousness about this aspect.  And, last year, Italy became the first nation in Europe to ban plastic bags! http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2.....onwide-ban

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Wed, 03 Oct 2012 03:13:00 -0700
Elizabeth Mitchel on Plastic Activism in EU and Italy? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p988 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/plastic-activism-in-eu-and-italy/#p988 Anyone know of any organizations or groups working for reducing plastic waste in Italy or the EU?

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Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:42:50 -0700
Beth Terry on Another couple of resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/another-couple-of-resources/#p969 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/another-couple-of-resources/#p969 Thanks for the great suggestions, Kim.  I do know about Lehman's and should have included them in the book!  I'll have to check out Mexican supermarkets.

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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:11:04 -0700
KimCuriel on Another couple of resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/another-couple-of-resources/#p968 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/another-couple-of-resources/#p968 After seeing "Bag It," reading "Plastic Free"  and hearing Beth speak during our film festival this summer at the Lafayette Library I have become very motivated to eliminate plastic. Two resources that I have found not mentioned in the book are Lehman's catalog and website (lehmans.com) and a good source of bulk foods and plastic free cheeses/meats/fish  are Mexican supermarkets (Las Montañas in Concord especially).  Lehman's is a site that has many Amish made products and products made for the Amish. There's everything from good quality safety razors and blades (and shapeners!) to shampoo bars. 

Since being inspired we've been able to reduce our waste significantly and hope to soon be able to order the smallest garbage can (20 gallon) from our garbage company. This is saying a lot because we have 8 people in our household and have been recognized 4 years in a row as the greenest family in Lafayette and in Contra Costa County.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:59:30 -0700
Beth Terry on Fake Plastic Cork Plant Markers https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p821 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p821 Cool idea, Eve!

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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:19:11 -0700
Eve Stavros on Fake Plastic Cork Plant Markers https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p820 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/fake-plastic-cork-plant-markers/#p820 Despite my best efforts to buy only real cork or twist-off top wine, I know I've got a box full (OK, I like wine!) of those horrid fake corks.  As thoughts turn to spring, gardening, and realizing the 12 rows I planted two weeks ago are now all starting to look the same, I've found a perfect way to re-purpose those nasty corks.  Using a cork, a marker of some type (i'm going to try pencil, though the article shows permanent marker) and bamboo skewers, make plant markers!   As a bonus, a green craft project which doesn't use glue!!

http://mychiclife.com/2011/04/.....ork-in-it/

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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 03:58:06 -0700
Badart on Recycling - does your local program do what you think it does? https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p771 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/recycling-does-your-local-program-do-what-you-think-it-does/#p771 Austin, Texas is working hard to stop plastic bag use though it is good it is just a drop in the bucket.  We also have single stream recycling.

 

"In 2009, the Austin City Council passed a Zero Waste Plan with the goal of reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills 90 percent by 2040."  I'm proud our city has taken this challenge on but it will be a difficult battle.

 

Badartworld

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Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:13:09 -0800
Elise Cheval on Solo Show: A Woman For All Seasons in Mill Valley https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/solo-show-a-woman-for-all-seasons-in-mill-valley/#p748 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/solo-show-a-woman-for-all-seasons-in-mill-valley/#p748 I am a passionate social activist, and now I am raising awareness about the impact of plastic on human health and the environment.  As a textile artist and singer, I wear the clothes I make out of recyclable and non-recyclable materials when I sing about the oceans and Mother Earth.

Check out my blog, http://hotoffthepressfromelise.....gspot.com/, and my website, http://www.elisecheval.com, where you can click on my YOU TUBE link, elisechevalgoesvideo to see my videos about my current artshow, "A Woman For All Seasons", and my improv performance.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:26:45 -0800
CelloMom on Pervasive Plastics: Why the U.S. Needs New and Tighter Controls by John Wargo https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/pervasive-plastics-why-the-u-s-needs-new-and-tighter-controls-by-john-wargo/#p719 Useful Web Sites, Blogs, & Resources https://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/useful-web-sites-blogs-resources/pervasive-plastics-why-the-u-s-needs-new-and-tighter-controls-by-john-wargo/#p719 I am puzzled as to why we don't have a huge public outcry about the long-term effects of plastics, which are indeed pervasive in our lives.  Are we in denial?  Is the petrochemical industry just too powerful?  Are we exhausted by our fight for clean food and clean air?  Are we seduced by cheap (for certainly plastics are that:  cheap)?

In researching for a post about new car smell (all plastic-derived, all bad news), I am struck by the deafening silence from the usual suspects:  greens, moms, the growing ranks of the chemically sensitive.  Apart from the occasional "Ack! New car smell gives me a headache!" very, very few are speaking out against being slowly poisoned in our private toxic cabins in which we spend more and more time.

http://www.cellomomcars.com/20.....-ugly.html

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