Learning to Live with Less Plastic (podcast)

Packed house this week, making the Green Divas’ studio absolutely buzzing with boundless activity. The show was all about plastic — the good, the bad, the ugly, and what you can do to upgrade your own plastic habits. Green Diva correspondent Julie Hancher, publisher of the Green Philly Blog had some updates on her initiative to get her city to reduce plastic bag usage. Green Diva Mizar’s DIY segment was on up cycling the plastic materials that we already have around the house, plus Eco Ed Schwartz enlightened us about the harmful effects of the chemicals in plastic.

Meanwhile, please listen to the whole show and/or read about the details below!

Green Diva Correspondent: Julie Hancher on Philly’s quest to reduce one-time plastic bag use

She started the Green Philly blog in 2008 to encourage Philadelphia’s sustainability. She wants people to go green in the most stress-free way (hey, kinda like the Green Divas!). She wants to implement a fee for one-time plastic bag use to help consumers become more aware of their plastic use, while also educating them that they have a choice by making reusable bags widely available. Philadelphia has tried unsuccessfully twice now, but she is determined that now is the right time for this type of legislation. They have a city council person who will likely introduce it this Fall, so she is gathering community support and raising awareness about this important issue.

Listen to the podcast to hear Julie’s great report!

Green Dude Report: Eco Ed talks about the poisons of plastics

Eco Ed just came back from Hawaii. He was working with the mayor of Maui to help make their local tourism industry more sustainable. Now that he’s back and a bit jet-lagged, he was in the studio to inform us about what exactly is in plastic. So many things are manufactured with it, but there are many harmful chemicals in it that can get into our bodies. Bi phenol A (BPA) and Phalates are chemicals commonly found in plastic that have some pretty risky side effects in terms of human health. The chemicals leech into the food or fluid stored in a plastic container, and are absorbed in our bodies, but these toxins are known endocrine disruptors — NOT good. These chemicals are found in all types of food  containers and packaging, shower curtain liners, outer coatings of many pharmaceutical pills, lubricants, modeling clay, waxes, paints, inks, and yes, even sex toys (hee hee hee). 96 percent of women have BPA in their system and babies are now being born pre-polluted with these types of toxins. YIKES! Some alternatives? Ceramic, glass and stainless steel work great for food and fluid containers. Get those canvas bags out too! Check out GD Mizar modeling Eco Ed’s bag in the studio.

Green Diva Mizar modeling Eco Ed's reusable bag

Listen to this excellent Green Dude segment on the harmful effects of plastics!

Green Diva Mizar’s DIY: Up Cycling Plastic Bags into Colorful Beads

colorful up cycled plastic bag beadsGD Mizar is ALWAYS thinking of things to do to reuse whatever plastic ends up in her house. After ranting a bit about the plastic scourge and making us laugh, GD Mizar talked about a few ideas for up cycling and repurposing all those plastic bags that persistently find their way into our lives. She talked about her latest DIY tutorial and show she made some colorful beads by fusing plastic bags together.

Read GD Mizar’s post to get step-by-step instructions and see the beads she made!

Listen to GD Mizar’s DIY segment on creative ideas on how to reuse those plastic bags that you already have!


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Nils Anders Lunde
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Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Cherry M.
Cherry M4 years ago

Years ago...the joy of cold milk poured from a glass bottle (usually delivered by the milkman, yes! I am that old), paper bags, glass bottles of soda, glass containers for leftovers, cardboard containers for detergent.
Love the bead idea....

Haniel I.
Past Member 4 years ago

ROME, Italy, April 8, 2013 (ENS) – A year after passing a nationwide plastic bag ban, the Italian government has identified the technical characteristics of plastic bags that can legally be used in a decree published in the Official Journal in March.

Environment Minister Corrado Clini and Economic Development Minister Corrado Passera signed the interministerial decree, which clarifies the requirements of the nationwide plastic bag ban that was enacted into law on March 24, 2012.

Corrado Clini
Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini (Photo by Gruppo Loccioni)

Merchants must discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of bioplastic bags that are biodegradable and compostable or meet other specific requirements.

Sanctions for non-compliance with the law will be enforced effective May 27, 2013. The fines for non-compliance range from €2,500 to €25,000 and may be increased for large quantities of bags.

Biodegradable and compostable plastic shopping bags will still be legal.

Some plastic bags that are not biodegradable or compostable also will be legal, including those with a thickness exceeding 200 microns and containing a percentage of recycled plastic of at least 30 percent if intended food use.

Also legal are plastic bags with a thickness greater than 100 microns and containing a percentage of recycled plastic of at least 10 percent if not for food use.

Also permissible are bags made of reusable paper, fabrics

Ben Oscarsito
Ben O4 years ago

I can remember a time when we had no plastic, how could we live without it...???

Ana Marija R.
ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

copy&paste Vita P.
Thank you.

Marian A.
Marian Austin4 years ago

Love the beads idea