By George Povall This “plastic freeing” thing is tough! Usually I avoid plastic with little but habit, nimble sidesteps, and friendly proactive communication to rely on. Go figure, but in the one month where we’re really trying to avoid plastic and track that, i cannot believe how many times I have been handed plastic I did not ask for, how many times plastic was added, … Continue reading Can I get a plastic free do-over??
By Ray Reed Do you know someone who just doesn’t throw anything away like a relative or a neighbor? With some it’s a junk filled basement or a cluttered garage. Maybe it spills into the backyard filled with junk cars and old car parts. Have you seen the show Hoarders where the occupant’s house is overrun with junk? Well that seems to be the perfect … Continue reading Welcome to Planet Earth
By Susan Brockmann My July has been a mix of success and not-success as I pursue a plastic-minimized life. It’s been said before – some of our food staples are just impossible to find NOT packaged with some plastic. But we forge ahead, thinking of where we CAN succeed. I find that much of my success has happened when I plan ahead. For example, a … Continue reading Planning Ahead
By Joanne Moore When we went out for dinner last night, I brought a reusable bag with 2 reusable plastic containers (my niece left them at our home last year). When the waiter said “do you want that wrapped” referring to my not finished dinner, I said no, I have my own container, so I can do it myself. He smiled, and I was able … Continue reading It’s easy if you remember!
By Molly Weinberg I thought it would be easier than it was to stop using plastic for a week. But as soon as I started, it felt like plastic was calling for me. I was highly aware every time I bought something containing one- use plastic, but I found myself buying even more of it than normal this past week. It was hard to … Continue reading One Day at a Time
by Ray Reed In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to worry about reducing our plastic usage. In a perfect world we wouldn’t have single use plastic or paper bags that most people use once and throw in the garbage. In a perfect world those plastic bags wouldn’t end up in our storm drains, in our trees and bushes, on the side of our … Continue reading Four Easy Steps
By Randall Sorscher It has been almost three weeks of grocery trips since the challenge started and I am starting to feel a bit like a “Merry Prankster”. At the risk of dating myself with this analogy, the Merry Pranksters were a group of friends led by the author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) who embarked on a cross country road trip … Continue reading Stern Stares and Waiver of Rights