Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zero Plastic Week: Day 4

Yesterday, I went to the farmers' market.  We have one lovely organic farmer who sells veggies, and dutifully honors my request to put the spinach in my cloth bag instead of the plastic wrapping they usually use.  When I made my request, they smiled and said, "Oh! Your husband stopped by last week!" (I sent my poor husband last week, with said bag and instructions for spinach).

I am now the crazy bag lady.  (The Whole Foods people also know who I am).

But in all seriousness, they were happy to use my bag for the spinach, and it didn't hold up the line, and people didn't look at me funny.  If you go to the farmers' market, bring your own bag. :)



Last month I was wondering what to do about hydrogen peroxide, which I like to use in the laundry for whites.  My bottle ran out, and I was hesitant to buy another plastic bottle of it.  There are no glass bottles of peroxide in the U.S.  Annmieke of Plastic Free Tuesday suggested I try lemon, and that is what I've been using since!  I put on a load of white sheets today, and squeezed half a lemon in with the laundry.  It works just as well as the peroxide.  And Martha recommends it.



Although I have not accumulated any more plastic trash since yesterday (still at six items), I should probably mention that I have refused a receipt from filling up my car (one of those thermal paper ones), so I don't know if that should technically count in this tally or not...(And I have to go shopping tomorrow, so probably another receipt on the way...)

Three more days of Zero Plastic Week to go, hope everyone else is doing well!  Any unexpected challenges?

7 comments:

  1. Are all of the thermal paper receipts coated with plastic? I know not all of them contain BPA!

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    1. I was told not to recycle them (because I don't personally know if the store is using BPA-free ones or not), as it can contaminate the recycled paper stream. So I'm not really sure what the status is....

      http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2011/acs-presspac-november-30-2011/recycling-thermal-cash-register-receipts-contaminates-paper-products-with-bpa.html

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/store-receipts-on-thermal-paper-can-transfer-bpa1/

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    2. Thanks for the links. I have verified that the ones I use at work are indeed BPA free!

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  3. I'm on my way to the farmer's market in a few minutes, bags in hand.

    Thanks for the tip about lemons! I've never heard of that. I'll give it a try. (I have a lemon tree to boot!) Lately, I find that if I think I need to buy something, all I have to do is google it and I'll find a DIY free solution.

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    1. You're welcome! I wouldn't have thought of it on my own, either. Google is a great tool! Thanks for reading! :)

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    2. Ah, yes! an excellent idea. Who knew, right? Having a lemon tree would be the best! Lemons are an organic item that can be used for so many things.

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