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Plastic purge: The good, the bad, and the ugly

This is Mike's last entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, fourth and fifth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! The good (computer, camera), the bad (storage containers), and the ugly (plastic bags)Photo: Mike SanClementsIt's the end of my two-week plastic purge, and here's what I've learned: Plastic is, indeed, freaking everywhere. Even hiding in things like the lining of your seemingly cardboard milk container. And you can't see it until you dive into an exercise like this, where you're actually looking for it. I hope that …

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Plastic purge: The great plasticky outdoors

This is Mike's fifth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! Et tu, running gear?Mike SanClementsOn Saturday, we had plans to head up to the mountains and go for a long trail run. So I went to the closet and grabbed my Camelbak. Well, look at that -- it's a giant plastic bladder for water.   I went back to the closet to get my running shoes and I started looking at all the stuff in there: skis, tents, …

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Plastic purge: The poo problem

This is Mike's fourth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! I mentioned my dog, Hank, when I wrote about my epic two-hour trip to the grocery store. Anyone who has a dog probably read that and knew right away about a major source of plastic waste in my life -- poo bags.Hank loves the planet, too.Photo: Mike SanClements  I did a quick Google search and found that there are about 77 million pet dogs in the United States. So, …

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Plastic purge: Homemade tortillas and hummus

This is Mike's third entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, fourth, fifth, and sixth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! Fine. I'll just make my own tortillas. Mike SanClementsThings are a little easier now that I'm over the initial shock of a big grocery shopping expedition. But it's still a challenge.  I love to cook and we frequently make Mexican food for dinner, so I figured I'd try my hand at tortillas. (The premade kind come packaged in plastic.) I looked up a recipe and the first few that …

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Plastic purge: Trouble on every aisle

This is Mike's second entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! Two hours of work for plastic-free groceries.Photo: Mike SanClementsNormally, grocery shopping isn't a challenging task. This time, following my plastic purge dare, it took two hours. Two whole hours! Just to buy five days' worth of food. WTF? The hold-ups came at every turn. This was way more difficult than anticipated. I figured I'd buy meat from the butcher, get cheese from the deli, put my veggies in …

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Plastic purge: The enemy is everywhere

This is Mike's first entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist! For two weeks, starting July 5, I am going to eliminate as much plastic as possible from my life. I will not purchase anything packed in or containing plastic. I will not eat any foods packaged in plastic. I will not use hygiene products packaged in plastic (except this recycled plastic toothbrush I already have, as no toothbrush would just be nasty), nor will I create any …

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