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I remind myself I don't want to use plastic so I'm intrigued with all the options that best fit the situation I'm in : first I try no container at all. If I need to carry products / objects I try cardboard boxes I find at any store. They usually have too many to deal with. To keep food I go for glass. I don't need garbage bags because I compost everything and recycle. My garbage is dry, it can go in a tiny reused cardboard box. For cat litter I'm looking into a vegy based product I can dump in a hole outside or in the garden, but I have to find out more about this.

For dog poo? Maybe reused news paper and bury it (compost)?

Try organic hemp or cotton for a shower curtain instead of PVC or plastic.

Discover milk paint instead of latex based paint. Or go for natural oil on wood, like pure tung (tung tree seed), walnut or lin, instead of varnishes.

Maybe a piece of hardwood birch or maple board for a cutting board instead of plastic. Treat it with pure 100% tung oil and you can wash it with vinegar and water.

Organic hemp rope or birch bark strips should work for everything you need to tie!

There are lots of alternatives to plastic. By focusing on the functions of the object or material I use, I can slowly replace plastic for all these needs with something else that fulfils the same functions.

Geeta says:
Wow Oliver, you're a true inspiration. As for cat litter, the one I use allows me to go plastic free. Read this post:


Posted March 3, 2009 11:27 PM

marie-christine roy


I always carry my reusable bags or a backpack to the store, i tell everybody around me! I have been doing this for years!
sometimes, I had to fight for it! Keep up the good work!

Geeta says: Thanks Marie-Christine! You too!

Posted March 4, 2009 08:37 AM

Jack Casey


Scotland is slowly catching up at last! I have started to leave the car at home and walk to work...it takes 1 hour to walk there, great exercise and far more interesting.

Geeta says:
How wonderful to hear from you all the way in Scotland! I agree that sometimes the cheaper and greener route tends to be more satisfying and life affirming. It's incredible that we've convinced ourselves that "progress" means moving away from some of the the most fundamental joys of being alive: walking, spending time with family, growing and cooking fresh food and communing with nature.
Thanks for writing, Jack.

Posted March 7, 2009 05:44 AM

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