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My Plastic Free Life

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Beth Terry's quest to never use plastic again. Let's join her, or at least support her, for the health of our bodies, our oceans, our planet.
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Maggie OUSA, Oct. 19, 2013

Hi everyone I found this article with tips to use less plastic. It is full of many simple things you can do which can really lower your overall use of plastic. Here are some examples: Don’t use plastic straws even at restaurants. You can purchase a stainless steel or glass one! Another one is, make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. And finally give up gum! It’s made of synthetic rubber which is plastic.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html
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Siena V-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi all,

I recently found a really good video based on a write up in Sunset magazine about a family that lives a “zero-waste” life. Their waste from the last six months contains only about seven pieces of garbage! Interestingly, the husband in the family found that ever since they operated a no waste system around their house, they had a 25% savings compared to their previous visa bills. Essentially, by producing little to no waste, the family actually saved money!

Instead of buying packaged foods, such as potato chips, yogurt, and granola bars, everything they buy comes from bulk. They bring mesh bags to the grocery store instead of getting plastic bags to put the bulk items in so they don’t waste plastic bags every time they go to the store, and bring sealed containers to preserve meat and cheese that they purchase. The ingredients to every meal they make are fresh. The family even goes a step further by using washable handkerchiefs instead of tissues, and reusable cleaning towels to replace paper towels. The video link is posted below—it is short, interesting, and informative!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1n3Fb5FqyU&list=PLbg2mPcZhONY7C1L9JkoUxWcvxC9NMIQ2
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jay chou, Nov. 29, 2012

HI, my name is Jay Chou. I am from Dominican International School in Taipei, Taiwan. i think its not necessary to use plastic bag when you buy things. You can bring your own bag. You can save money, and save the environment, make the Earth the better place. Every time you didn’t bring your own bag, you will need to buy the plastic bag, after using the bag people will throw it away, and you can’t really burn it, it will produce bad things to damage the environment and its dirty to recycle it. So i suggest to bring your own plastic bag that can use for many times. Save the Earth with me people, make the Earth the better place, and let your children to live happily

jay chou
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  • Abby Woolf Abby Woolf May 14, 2013
    I agree. Whenever i go out to buy something, I don't even use a bag. I don't buy too may things to a point where I can't hold them in my hands without a bag. If I do buy many things, I usually use a paper bag, which still isn't as good as using a reusable bag.

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Serena Yeh, Nov. 28, 2012

Hi, my name is Serena. I am from Dominican International School in Taipei, Taiwan. Have you ever heard that iPhone is PVC free? I recently discovered that iPhone4 and later models are made 100% free of plastic. I find that it is a pretty awesome fact and also proud of being a fan of Apple products. The reason I say so is because that I am aware the other brand’s phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, Lumia 900, etc. all contain plastic materials. In all honestly, I believe that Apple seems to be the only company that stresses the importance of environmental protection by using only environmental friendly materials. Not only iPhones are PVC free, the other major products of Apple including MacBooks, iPods, and iPad are also 100% free of plastic. Since we are living in a technology era and 3C products are becoming necessity in our daily living, I appreciate that Apple has done a good job in making PVC free products to help reduce environmental impact.

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Julie Lin, April 4, 2012

Buying Clothes Without Plastic. We Ask. Companies Listen.

What I didn’t know was that most of prAna’s clothing (like almost all brands of clothing these days) was delivered to the store and to mail-order customers individually wrapped in plastic baggies. When you buy off the rack, you don’t see the plastic that has been removed by store staff. But after pressure from prAna staff and customers, the company has now begun to phase out the polybags and sell some of their clothes simply rolled up and tied with raffia. Check out this video explaining why and how prAna made the switch:

Full article at My Plastic Free Life: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/12/buying-clothes-without-plastic-we-ask-companies-listen/

http://vimeo.com/24140998
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Julie Lin, April 4, 2012

Plastic Bag Manufacturer Misleads Public About Recycling Rates. Here’s the Truth…

Follow link below….

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/12/plastic-bag-manufacturer-misleads-public-about-recycling-rates-heres-the-truth/
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Julie Lin, April 3, 2012

Bittman’s Vegan Spinach and Chickpeas — Prepared Plastic-free

A delicious looking treat from the kitchen of Mark Bittman

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2012/02/bittmans-vegan-spinach-and-chickpeas-prepared-plastic-free/
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