A movie about my plastic riddance

prAna blog » Bag It Documentary (video).

Watch this trailer! (Ok, it’s not about _me_, but it sounds like the creator asked the same queestions I did.) Looks like it’ll be a good documentary about the great “away” that we all assume our trash, mostly plastic, magically goes. The narrator asks “where is away, really?” and “is my life too plastic?”

These are definitely questions I had during 2010, when I tried to reduce my plastic usage. The outcome? It was really hard. I still use plastic shampoo bottles, plastic bags more often than not, and my produce still finds a way to sit in plastic in the fridge. And dadgummit, I tried!

Here’s what I did manage to get rid of: plastic storage. I used maybe 4 zip-loc bags in all of 2010, reusing the ones that the TSA makes us stuff our stuff into. I use glass jars like crazy. I think it works better than plastic for storing cheeses. I drink my on-the-go water from glass bottles more often than not (yay, Topo Chico!).  And I’ve finally found a stainless water bottle I like with Hydro Flask. Maybe it’s time I try the plastic cleanse again.

At any rate, this movie looks like a good and thoughtful one, and I love the song they have in the trailer.

Bag It Intro from Suzan Beraza on Vimeo.

The No-Refrigerator Challenge

The No-Refrigerator Challenge, issued by Rowdy Kittens.

Yeah, I coulda put an image of beautiful veggies being kept cool in the fridge, but let's be real. This is more accurate for my lifestyle. Image from http://www.waark.com

Now that I’m getting weekly product bushels, I wonder if I could hack this. Dairy’s not much a part of my life, and most produce is better eaten right away anyway. I’d already been thinking about this desert cooler from Africa (a zeer pot), for my little back-yard structure. No, City of Austin, I’m not building a house back there. It’s a shed… in which I happen to work and sometimes fall asleep, and in which I like to store snacks for myself and also have a sink to wash my hands after gardening, and also with a waterless toilet for… um… use with the pool, so people don’t have to go inside.  Yes, that’s the ticket.

Hmm..

More info on the zeer pot, including a pdf with instructions: http://www.slashfood.com/2006/09/28/how-cool-is-that-zeer-pot/
http://practicalaction.org/food-production/zeerpots

Store produce without plastic

Remember that time, way back in 2010? Remember that time when I was cutting plastic out of my life? Well, I kinda slacked off… like a lot. I’m still not using plastic for storage and very infrequently buy plastic bottles of water, but I feel sheepish knowing I coulda woulda shoulda.

So, here’s a wonderful blog that should help me stay on track better! And the first entry I found is about storing veggies without plastic. Can’t wait for fresher food!

How To Store Produce Without Plastic :: My Plastic-free Life | Less Plastic | Life without Plastic.

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Bioplastics Not Necessarily the Greenest

from Bioplastics Not Necessarily the Greenest.

Yes! Man, I’ve been shaking my head every time I read about these “green” plastics as replacements for petroleum plastics.  I almost shared a couple of them, annoyed that people are attacking the symptom—plastic bottles heading to landfills and oceans—rather than the problem: disposables.

Dudes, it’s easy.  We don’t have to drink less water, putting Poland Springs drivers out of work.  We don’t have to switch to a different material, shifting our landfills from plastics to plant-based plastics (it’s still plastic and takes quite a while to break down).  The solution is not to use disposables.

Use and re-use things.  Glass jars are good for re-use and re-use and re-use.  Then when they break, you can even use the pieces in random stuff.  Crockery and pottery, too.

It’s not that we’re using too much plastic or anything, really.  It’s that we’re throwing away too many things too quickly.