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Green Scene: Winning

Julia Park Tracey checks in on some recent successes in her Plastic Purge.

Here are some recent, no-plastic wins for the record.

1) The Sunday newspaper (San Francisco Chronicle) came with no plastic wrap, per my instructions. (I forgot to mention it earlier in the week.)

2) I cooked a lot today — all of it without Teflon or the plastic utensils you need to use to avoid scratching the finish. In fact, I took all the plastic cooking spoons, spatulas and sporks out of the drawer and all of the Teflon-coated pans, pots, cookie sheets and muffin tins out of the cabinet, and they are ready to donate. My family is going to hate me.

3) The 7th-grade picnic went off without a hitch. I wrote a cheerful injunction to recycle everything, delivered the goods and then let go of the angst. It was out of my hands, and out of my control. No guilt, no worries.

4) I went to check on the level in the garbage can and was shocked to find it half-full of mixed trash. Mr. Husband had cleaned his car and didn't sort anything. There was no actual recycling in there, but stuff I would have considered green waste — cigarette butts, fast food wraps. More instruction needed in this area. I did not, however, dive in and sort it. It was too cigarette-ashy and yucky to touch. This isn't really a win, I guess. Hmm. But...

5) Daughter Ana is talking up the Plastic Purge at work. My mom bought a reusable coffee filter. My friend Deanna bought clothespins. The world is a better place for these changes.

6) The last few items I ordered through Amazon have come in cardboard and paper only, no plastic. Yay!

7) We're eating like kings here. Tonight: Freshly made tortilla chips (from Calafia Taqueria on Webster Street), purchased in a paper bag and kept crisp in a sealed container. We're having nachos, or open-face tacos, whatever you like to call them. Cheddar cheese from a local dairy, wrapped in paper -- from Farmstead. Lettuce from the . My own homemade hot peppers in a Mason jar (from last summer). Farmers Market onion. Small dairy yogurt in place of sour cream—from a glass jar. Salsa in a jar. Ground turkey — yes, in styrofoam and plastic, from my freezer. But it was the last package of styrofoamed meat in there. So from here on, it's clear sailing.

8) School is finally out, and therefore, no more packing school lunches for 10 weeks. Yay!

9) Tonight is Friday and date night with Mr. Husband. We'll make it plastic-free, somehow.

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a94501er June 18, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Yuck ... a smoker in the house! No amount of plastic free living is going to compensate for this unhealthy and unsightly habit.
Julia Park Tracey June 20, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Agreed. Alas, I don't have total control over my family -- and I doubt anyone else in the world does, either. I can only do what I do. If anyone has a magic pill for eliminating bad habits and vices from the world, please let me know. :)
a94501er June 20, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Nicorette for starters!
Julia Park Tracey June 20, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Ah, if only!!! (tears out hair...) A pox on the most addictive substance in the world!

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