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My Struggle With Plastic: 10 Tips for Avoiding It

7. Make it from scratch. When you buy processed foods, you bring lots of plastic home from the supermarket. Itís so easy to make lots of stuff from scratch insteadÖeven†crackers!

8. Buy organic cotton feminine products. Seriously, the nonorganic stuff is overwrapped in plastic, and they also have hideous fragrances.

9. Always buy your drinks in glass bottle. Itís now completely possible to avoid plastic when buying drinks on the go. Hooray for that!

10. Ask for no plastic bags at the dry cleaner: Better yet, stop buying clothes that need to be dry-cleaned (or try alternatives to dry cleaning that you can do yourself). But if you do need dry-cleaning, just tell the cleaners that you donít want bags. And they will not give them to you.

Those are the easier solutions. Next week, Iíll share my wish list for the ultimate in plastic elimination.

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6:06AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thank you

12:13AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

great info! thanks for sharing!

9:59AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Hate plastic! Thanks for sharing these tips.

1:47PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

I think that beverage companies should end using plastic including the holders that are wrapped around the 6 packs. They should market selling resusable totes- or wrap with sustainable hemp rope. Anything but the blasted plastic that ends up in the ocean, and around a pelican or dolphin's head. If you must buy be sure to cut the plastic holders to open the loop before tossing into recycle bin.

10:57AM PDT on May 1, 2011

Hi all,
I'm trying to implement a recycling program in my local Atlanta Public Schools. Please sign the petition I've started to make this goal a reality! It will only take a minute or two of your time and it's for a good cause- best of all, it's a cost-free way for you to make a positive change :) Just copy and paste the link to your browser. Thank you!

7:40PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Bags pictured aren't compostable either, compostable-fairtrade ones are available nowadays!

11:29AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011


9:07AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

We try to go "plastic-free", but sometimes it's impossible.

10:06AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Thank you for the tips!

6:52PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

An alternative to no 8 which means even less stuff going into land fill is to use a menstrual cup such as

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