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It is freezing out side plastic peanut butter of jelly jars keep the rodent out. pickle jars still smell like pickles. so Bananas are fare game.



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3/7/13 12:25 A

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Reusable is best.



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That's a good way! Also, my store sells canvas bags for a dollar. I use them for groceries and lots of other things, too. I only get a few plastic bags if I need some to line containers for the small amount of trash that I cannot recycle. I am also trying to protect trees by using as little paper as possible.
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That was a good challenge



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2/25/13 12:23 A

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I take plastic bags in to the store so I do not get new ones when I check out. Paper bags are the only grocery bags in Portland Oregon. Horay for my wierd City.



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2/22/13 4:04 P

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Aye, I know a couple grocery stores that sell bulk goods that way - I will ask the farmer who makes my maple syrup if she'll do it, too, and maybe I'll have found a way to cut one more piece of plastic out of my life.



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At the coop I weigh my contaners wright the weight and then fill. My rice is in glass with a lid that matches my plates



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2/20/13 10:16 A

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You mean take my own container and ask if they'll fill it? I wonder if they would go for that...
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Maybe use a peanut butter, mayo, spaghetti sauce, juice, jar for maple.



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I'm lucky - my grocery store carries lots of local and organic veggies and nobody looks at me funny when I come to the cash register with my produce just loose in my basket instead of all wrapped up in plastic. My plastic downfalls are mostly toiletries - I buy conditioner, saline, antiperspirant, toothpaste, Q-tips in plastic containers. And maple syrup, too - (it's the start of sugaring season here) - I can buy it in little glass jars at the grocery store, but if I want to buy it direct from the producer in a quantity that justifies driving to the farm, that means I'm buying a plastic jug. So I'm reducing, but I get no where near plastic-free. (and the tights, camisole, and contacts I'm wearing are all plastic as I type on my plastic computer... plastic is just so USEFUL.)


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Depends on what packages you purchase pasta package has plastic. Lettuce comes in plastic.
Unless you can pick up a head of lettuce, onion, carrot, cabbage



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I basically held to my original commitment, but on March 1st I couldn't wait to go buy some feta cheese. Now I'm working on a new challenge that holds me accountable not so much for USING plastic but for treating it as disposable. Still need to work on my plastic consumption...


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I feel like I did a decent job, but far from perfect. However, I'm still thinking about these challenges and trying to find alternatives in my everyday life, which I think is a good thing. I've been trying to cut down on packaging in general, especially when the packing is only usable one-time as a package and cannot be reused (even if it can be recycled).



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I know it's mid-March already, but how did everyone do with this challenge? I failed pretty miserably, but it really did make me think about each and every purchase I made, water bottle I drank from, etc. My favorite water bottle is a BPA-free plastic bottle, and I use it daily along with 2 stainless steel to make sure I get my 8 glasses in. I also had a hard time buying items that weren't in plastic at the store. I did abstain from using any tupperware type containers, used glass instead, and stopped drinking coffee in the morning which took care of another plastic cup.
So tell us, how did you fare?

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I find it good to be at least thinking about it and trying to find alternatives, even if it's not perfect. We feed our dog peanut butter every day. She was out, but instead of buying another plastic jar of peanut butter, we took her current jar back to the store and re-filled it with bulk fresh-ground PB. I was happy to save yet another plastic container from being a single-use-then-recycle item, but the cost of the PB was twice as much this way. UGH. Doing the right thing tends to cost more and it's not always easy. But I am enjoying the challenge!

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2/14/11 9:49 P

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Also struggling. Besides the tofu, yogurt and spinach that I originally allowed myself, I bought cider in a plastic jug, and blueberries, which were not only packaged in a plastic clamshell, but are shipped around the globe from someplace where they're in season. Before the month is out I'll need to buy whiteboard markers for my classroom, which are probably 95% plastic. Still, I'm buying less plastic than in a normal month...


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This is a tough challenge! I am really struggling.

What I have done is consciously avoid single-use plastic containers for food (even if they are recyclable). So if I'm thirsty at the store, I won't buy a bottle of water, I'll just wait until I get home. This also means I've been avoiding yogurt (boo!). What I haven't been able to do yet (although I think I could continue this challenge and put more time into preparing for it) is give up a few items wrapped in plastic, such as bread, or a bag of clemtines that come in a mesh bag (although I reuse all of those as kitchen pot scrubbers).

How is everyone else doing?

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I wish I could do this! If I did, while living in Japan I'd have to buy nothing from the produce department as Japan seems to believe that every produce item must be wrapped in plastic - I have a BIG dislike for this.

I think I want to try when I'm home again! :)


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OH! What about coffee mugs? I'm sure it's better to use a plastic reusable travel mug than to get a disposable paper one?

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Although this is something that I try to do on a daily basis, I will admit, I'm not anywhere near perfect. One of the things I find difficult is plastic windowed envelopes. How can you not get these? I opt for ebilling wherever available, but everyone seems to insist on using those windowed envelopes!

I will do my best to eat locally. There's less plastic packaging... (I do better at this in the summer :S)

As for poop bags. The requirements are no aquiring new plastic, no cooking in plastic, and minimize other plastic use. I would say, try to pick it up in used newspaper and wrap it really well until you can get it to the nearest garbage. Or pick it up in a jar that you use for that purpose only and dump it in an outdoor garbage and rinse it out, ready to use next time. Make sure it has a lid to minimize smell until you can rinse it out. lol

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I just saw this thread, but I'm definitely interested in trying for the rest of the month. If nothing else, it will help us all see how much plastic is used in the items we use/consume. It's always better to be aware. Thanks Coach Nicole!

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Not sure how much of the challenge I can do. I use plastic to bring my lunch and if I don't have lunch you get it in plastic. Good thing we keel ALL our jars.

As for household, I buy in bulk so you have those little plastic bags that you carry your things in. Also produce comes in plastic bags too even the loose kind. i should get those reusable produce shopping bags. Trying to figure out how to get the labels from the produce on and off the bag.



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If the point of this is to make us aware of just how much we use and consume plastics, I'm convinced already. I went grocery shopping tonight and had some real tradeoffs.

Veggies were easy, but a little more expensive (the loose onions and orange cost more than the smaller ones that come pre-bagged in that orange plastic mesh). Cheese without plastic wrap is simply not an option, so I'm wondering if I can go without any cheese for a whole month. I wanted to buy I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Lite, but it comes in a plastic tub, so I bought butter instead, which is more calories per serving. I bought milk in coated cardboard instead of plastic - I think the coating on the cardboard is actually plastic - not sure how to find out for sure - and I know it means that I can't recycle the container when I CAN recycle the plastic cartons, so I'm not sure I'll stick with this for the month. EVERYTHING liquid, or partly liquid is packaged in plastic, so to the extent that I manage to live up to this challenge in February, it will be because I bought dish detergent, canola oil, etc. in previous months.

This challenge would be WAY easier in the summer when I can get glass-bottle milk and paper-wrapped cheese and completely unpackaged produce at the farm market or in my back yard. How are other people buying food without buying the plastic packaging?


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I'm willing to try,but has anyone got any ideas on "poop" bags? We have a large shepard/husky mix which we walk. She insists on doing her business down by our pond so we always carry a grocery bag (plastic). Also our newspapers come in the little plastic bags. I do carry the canvas shopping bags into the store and use them as much as possible.

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WOW! I really just thought about all the ways I buy/use plastics. (Right down to 2 people packing lunches with sandwich bags.) I'm a bad person, but I can't even fathom going totally plastic free for a month!

I vow, though, to try to store leftovers in glass, instead of plastic. To cook without using plastic int the microwave. Buy what produce & food I can not in plastic containers.



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I'll try, but the weekend, I just bought a case of 10oz Welch's juices for the house. They help me control my juice intake w/having Diabetes. We don't have any organic places around here, so our milk will be in plastic also, but with everything else, I'll give a 100% try.

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Oh, wow, this will be HARD for me.

I know I'm not willing to give up USING things made with plastic for the month, since that would include my computer, my storm windows, my backpack, my contact lenses...

I'm game to give up BUYING any plastics, with three exceptions I'm going to allow myself (and I may wimp out and make more exceptions during the month):

(1) There are several foods I can only buy in plastic containers: tofu, spinach, yogurt. During farm market season, I buy loose spinach and glass-bottle organic milk, but I can't right now.

(2) I just decided to buy myself a pair of YakTrax so that the heavy snow here doesn't cost me another month of training runs.

(3) I have a week off in February and plan to spend part of it sewing. Although I have a preference for natural fibers, for reasons of performance, durability, and resource-efficiency, I'll be allowing myself some synthetics.

Pretty half-hearted commitment to the challenge, huh. emoticon You all will have my undying respect for being able to stick to it more completely.


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I'm up for the challenge!

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Hey everyone-
I stumbled upon this interesting post on treehugger this morning: A challenge to go plastic-free for the month of February. I think this is a very worthy challenge to try. Namely, I will try to not purchase or use anything made with or packed in plastic this month. For me, most of my plastic consumption comes from food packaging, although I try to be very aware of choosing no or minimally-packaged items as much as possible. Here's a link if you'd like to check it out. Who's interested in trying this with me?

We can chat and update on our progress in this thread during the month!

www.treehugger.com/files/2011/01/worthy-so
cial-experiment-abstain-plastic.php?ca
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