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  • Introducing: the No Plastic Diet

    I have a friend who has invented her own diet. She is an avid surfer and one of her biggest pet peeves is picking up plastic on the beach. She can't help but pick it up if she sees any and she's noticed how bleepin much of it is strewn about the beach. So she has decided to never buy anything that is packaged in plastic. She gets most of her food at the farmers market now and has lost about 8 pounds just by not eating food that comes in plastic packaging! (I suppose surfing every day doesn't hurt either)
    Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally.

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    Interesting concept. Makes sense especially if thats what you see all the time on the beach.
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    • #3
      Whenever I buy produce I always just put it in my basket without the plastic bag, I'll be washing it anyway.

      /contributed
      Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

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      • #4
        I, for one, do not eat plastic. Ever. No need for the 80/20 rule on that one.
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        • #5
          LOL. Good way of avoiding packaged things.

          I have to use produce bags if I go to the market (we go to the commissary and they get all riled if you don't), but I'm going to be getting resusable produce bags soon, to add to my reusable grocery bags. Probably some reusable snack type bags to replace ziplocs too. There's some decent sources out there (and you can make your own, but I need a sewing machine!)
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          • #6
            Great idea! The only thing that I buy in plastic anymore is a weekly tub of organic salad greens. Even then, I'm still looking for a better farmer's market when I move to Austin this summer and hopefully drop this last "packaged" food item from my list.

            Wait, I lied...I occasionally buy some frozen berries and broccoli in plastic bags, as well. Still, the "no plastic" rule seems a good way to easily avoid lots of processed food; whole food doesn't generally come in a package.

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            • #7
              From a health point of view the "no cardboard" diet might be a better mantra, but as she does it at the farmers market works too.
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              • #8
                Good point, Sir Grandma (I felt it necessary to address you by your soon-to-be restored title!), Pop-Tarts come in plastic-free cardboard packaging and are the probably one of the least desirable foods in the entire grocery store.

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                • #9
                  And Stabby, going by your picture, I hope you don't wash your produce in a creek.
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                  • #10
                    If you go by his picture I'd me more worried about what else he does in the creek... :-P
                    Once you learn that you create your own reality and that you are fully responsible for your life, you can begin to see the world as it is and then you realize the limitless possibilities.

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                    • #11
                      If you want to see what plastic does away from the beaches, Google "Pacific Gyre" and weep.

                      When I found that I can't even recycle the clamshell containers full of strawberries, etc., I just stopped buying anything coming in them. It also eliminates a lot of food which has been shipped from too far away.

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                      • #12
                        Xenoestrogens...preservatives...additives.. makes sense
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by piano-doctor-lady View Post
                          If you want to see what plastic does away from the beaches, Google "Pacific Gyre" and weep.
                          I think that I did tear up the first time I saw that; it's difficult not to weep when presented with direct evidence of our species' continual disregard for the surrounding environment.

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                          • #14
                            There is a brilliant documentary called PLASTIC PLANET! It deals with plastic in everyday life.
                            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1292648/

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                            • #15
                              Seeing that you're from SF, you might already be aware of these guys:

                              http://www.theplastiki.com/

                              Happened to see a clip on them today.... they were discussing about 5 areas globally within our oceans... due to the way the currents flow and such, these 5 areas are swarming with plastic trash. It's like a floating dump!

                              What a mess we've made!

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