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life without plastic is all about plastic-free lifestyle.  They sell plastic free goodies (I do all my Christmas shopping here!) for the kitchen, home, kids and more.  But they also have a great education section.  

10 easy tips for living without plastic!

2. Refuse plastic bags and bring your own reusable bags wherever you go – heck, while you're at it, REFUSE all single-use disposable plastics
Plastic bags are often used for minutes only before being discarded. And most plastic bags are not recycled, thus ending up in landfills – where they take hundreds of years to break down – or in the environment as toxic pollution.

There are now all kinds of reusable bags out there. Choose what works for you, and carry it with you in your pocket, coat, purse or car. We offer various ones here, including bags for produce.



show off your cloth shopping bags here

repairing reusable bags to make them last even longer

4. Use non-plastic containers for food – lunches, leftovers, freezing, storage, take-out, travelling...
There are now a variety of options to help you avoid using plastic for storing food...and avoiding polluting and leaching disposable take-out containers:

stainless steel and glass containers – airtight and non-airtight – with stainless steel lids

layered tiffins – for carrying various items at once in separate layers (e.g., nuts, fruit, chips, hummus, rize, curry...whatever)

insulated stainless steel thermal containers – for hot meals on the go

compartmentalized bento boxes made of stainless steel and wood – designed for sushi, fabulous for any lunch

again, don't underestimate the easy utility of the ubiquitous mason jar




learn about different kinds of bento box and their effects on our health

10. Have fun living with less plastic – don't let the enormity of the plastic problem get you down!
Sure, plastic waste is a huge problem, and it is a real drag that chemicals are coming out of plastics and being eaten and absorbed by people and wildlife all over the world, but remember, waves of change are in motion all around you, and you are part of a community of people who are commited to using less plastic.

So have fun with your plastic-free journey – be innovative and creative in looking for new ways to express your life without plastic.





Learn more about it at life without plastic

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When a store clerk tries to give me a plastic bag I always say "No thanks. Save a plastic tree." Sometimes followed by "plastic is evil".

 
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First look, the store only had 2 items per category. I was thinking...not good. For the benefit of others using a smartphone, swipe left to scroll through the products. Took me a while to figure it out. Duh!

Edit..it scrolls down also. Very confusing. Gonna try on a pc later, see if it navigates easier
 
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This documentary is great: From The Waste Up

And this site is v useful too My Plastic Free Life
 
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For those of us who don"t feel able to spend $20.00 for a stainless steel lid, I suggest shopping at restaurant supply store instead.
Stainless steel for days, lots cheaper.
 
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I see what you mean about the mobile view.  The regular one is much easier to navigate.

I like that their website includes lots of inspiration for avoiding plastic.  The things I have bought from them last so much longer than their plastic counterparts.  Prices are in Canadian too, so I don't have to think about the exchange rate.
 
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Theres stuff ive never seen before.  Pretty cool. Stainless mason jar caps being one example. They shouldn't rust like regular caps. Not sure if you can "can" with them, but for dry storage it should last forever.
 
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Mike Barkley wrote:When a store clerk tries to give me a plastic bag I always say "No thanks. Save a plastic tree." Sometimes followed by "plastic is evil".



I tell them "lets save a fish"
 
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Excellent reply ... save a fish. Sad but true. Was reading about the microbeads in the water via the links provided in the initial post. Scary stuff. I knew about microlized cellulose (ground up sawdust in some peanut butter, etc) but never heard of microbead plastic. Makes me want to learn to like tilapia or find another easy to raise fish.
 
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I was in austin, tx about 2 years ago. Just wasting time while my wife was at an appt. I went to a sporting goods store. I bought a machete and half a dozen throwing knives. As i checked out i was informed about the "bring your own bag" policy in the city.

It was a wierd, nervouse walk to my truck, openly carrying a machete and 6 knives. Lol. I was expecting someone to call the cops. I was parked way in the back.
 
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I love my abeego wraps.  I bought some long ago when they were just getting started.  They were firm enough that they took the shape of the food, but soft enough that I could mould them into shape with my hand.  It keeps the food fresher than plastic wrap.

I too have made my own food wraps out of beeswax and other attempts at discovering the perfect combination of oils and wax but it takes a surprising amount of wax for a mediocre result.  My conclusion is that I'll spend the money and buy some more abeego.  They are just so much better than any other wax wrap I've tried or attempted to make.  
 
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How well do the abeego wraps work in the freezer? Being able to mold it around food sounds promising for avoiding freezer burn.
 
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That safety razor has just made it onto my wish list. Plastic razors are the one thing I've not seen good replacements for until now.  

There's some really great stuff there. I understand why you do your Christmas shopping here ranson. I've been slowly building a modern version of a hope chest for my nieces.  Spending the money now to get them good quality items for when they have their own homes.  Metal and glass items always seem to hold up better than plastics,  so this might become a first stop for me also.
 
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